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OLE MISS MOURNS DEATH OF GEORGE STREET
By Jane Hill
Flags at the University of Mississippi will fly at half-staff through Friday in memory of George Street, director emeritus of university relations, who died Tuesday.
Street, 76, had a 39-year career at Ole Miss until his retirement in 1985 and for many alumni had become a living symbol of the university, said Ole Miss Chancellor Robert Khayat.
“Through his many years of dedicated service, Street essentially became an Ole Miss icon,” Khayat said. “He did an extraordinary job presenting the university and its many attributes; he absolutely dedicated himself to this institution. I rarely go anywhere that someone doesn’t ask me about George Street. The university has lost a legend and I have lost a dear friend.”
A native of Benton County who graduated from Meridian High School and Jones County Junior College, Street came to the university in 1945 after five years in the U.S. Army and never left. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1948 and a juris doctorate in 1949.
From his first job as a student assistant to the dean of men, Street moved through the university ranks, holding posts as supervisor of housing, institutional adviser for veterans, assistant dean of men, prototype admissions counselor, head of the university’s first placement bureau and first office of student financial aid, first assistant director of development, director of development and director of university relations.
Street became the first university representative to the Robert M. and Lenore W. Carrier Foundation and became university trustee for the scholarship fund in 1964. He served in that position for two decades, usually informing students in person that they had been selected for the four-year award.
Street was inducted into the university’s Alumni Hall of Fame in 1993.
Street is survived by his wife and two children. The family requests that donations be made to the George M. Street Memorial Fund with the University of Mississippi Foundation, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677; or to the George M. Street Memorial Fund at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 113 South Ninth St., Oxford, MS 38655.