The entire Community of Scholars at Philander Smith College (PSC) is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Georg G. Iggers, a distinguished educator and prominent Civil Rights Activist. Dr. Iggers, who served as an Associate Professor in Modern Languages and History at Philander Smith College from 1950 to 1957, was a beloved faculty member, mentor and respected member of a number of community organizations and agencies. During his tenure at PSC, Dr. Iggers supported the establishment of the College’s Title-III Program and several cooperative agreements with other post-secondary institutions. In addition, he became one of the first non-Black members of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity at PSC and established a very active membership with the NAACP that would span for more than fifty years. Dr. Iggers’ commitment to activism supported lawsuits which led to the integrating of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, and securing access to the Little Rock Public Library for Philander Smith College students. His dedication to the success of Philander Smith College and its sustainability has spanned almost seventy years. Dr. Iggers was honored with the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree from Philander Smith College in 2002, and a special collection of papers authored by Dr. Iggers is currently housed in the D.W. Reynolds Library Digital Archives at the College.
Dr. Iggers’ contributions to Philander Smith College, civil rights and education in the United States and abroad are truly noteworthy. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Iggers’ family and friends during this most difficult time.