Mingledorff-Lorimer Lecture in Print Media Fund

Huldah Mingledorff-Lorimer
(1912-1998)

Huldah Cail was born on July 23, 1912 in Screven County, GA.  She was the daughter of Dr. John C. Cail, who built Screven County's first hospital.  In 1933, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from the University of Georgia.

Huldah survived three husbands.  Her first husband was University of Georgia sports legend Vernon "Catfish" Smith.  She and Smith had three children, and later divorced. She then married George Burford Lorimer whose father was editor-in-chief of the Saturday Evening Post from 1899-1937.  Lorimer owned the 26,000-acre Millhaven Plantation near Sylvania, GA.  Millhaven is the largest family-owned farm east of the Mississippi River.

After Mr. Lorimer passed away, Huldah took over the management of the plantation running it for nearly 40 years.  A hallmark of the Plantation is Mr. Lorimer's prized book collection, which contains more than 10,000 volumes, including such rarities as original issues of the Saturday Evening Post.

Her third husband was Lee Mingledorff, a former mayor of Savannah, who died in the mid-sixties. Mrs. Mingledorff was active in several charities and was a patron of the arts.  She had a strong belief in the power of education -- she generously supported local schools and sponsored scholarships for students to attend medical school, college and seminary.  Many times her generosity came anonymously, a selfless acknowledgement that the gift is more important than the giver.

Mingledorff-Lorimer Lecture in Print Media Fund

Mrs. Huldah Mingledorff-Lorimer pledged a gift in October 1998 to the University of Georgia Libraries to be added to a gift previously made by the Millhaven Foundation in 1996.  The two gifts have established the George Horace Lorimer Center for Print Media.  A portion of the gift is designated to support the building of the proposed Special Collections Building, and in the Hargrett Library's DeRenne Reception Room will be located the George Horace Center for Print Media.  The remaining portion of the gift established an endowment to support the Mindgledorff-Lorimer Lecture in Print Media.  The purpose of the fund is to support a lecture series, which promotes the George Horace Lorimer Center for Print Media by attracting an audience of researchers, scholars, students, and other patrons interested in print media.

You are welcome to help enhance this endowment.  For more information, please contact Chantel Dunham at cdunham@uga.edu.