Honoree

Garza Baldwin, Jr.

AWARDS

Kelley School of Business Academy of Alumni Fellows (1982)
Indiana University Bloomington
BS., 1942; JD., 1948

BIOGRAPHY

Garza Baldwin, Jr. was the Corporate Vice President of Olin Corporation, and President of Ecusta Paper & Film Group, Olin Corporation in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina. Baldwin was born in Illinois, but spent his childhood in Vincennes, IN, where he attended Vincennes University. He also received a B.S. in 1942 and a J.D. in 1948 from Indiana University in Bloomington. After his college graduation, Baldwin joined the United States Navy as a naval aviator during World War II. Baldwin was recognized by the Kelley School of Business Academy of Alumni Fellows in 1983.

He joined Hays & Hays law firm in Sullivan, Indiana after he finished law school. Baldwin joined the legal department of Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation in 1957 and rose through the ranks unti he became the president of its Ecusta Paper and Film Group in 1971. He would eventually become the CEO of Ecusta and retire in 1987.

During his career, Baldwin was active in the community. He was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Memorial Mission Medical Center from 1980 to 1994, and served the Transylvania Community Hospital Board in Brevard, NC, the Asheville Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Board of Managers of Wachovia Bank, Asheville, NC. Baldwin also served as Chairman of the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry, President of the North Carolina Industrial Council and President of the Western Carolina Manufacturing Association He worked on numerous state commissions such as the Governor's North Carolina Council for Economic Development, the Governor's Efficiency Study Commission, the North Carolina Council on State Policies and Goals, the Governors Business Council on Arts and Humanities and the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. In addition, Baldwin served as trustee of University of North Carolina at Asheville, North Carolina School of Science and Math, Brevard College, and St. Andrews Presbyterian College, and on the Advisory Council to the Dean of the School of Business at Indiana University and the Academy of Alumni Fellows at Indiana University. He was a member of the American Legion and a 32nd degree Mason. He was a member of the Biltmore Forest Country Club, Colleton River Club, and Low Country Presbyterian Church in Bluffton, South Carolina.

He passed away in 2003.