A.D. "Pete" Correll, the former president of Georgia-Pacific and a philanthropist who helped save Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta from financial troubles, has died at age 80.
In addition to his work with Grady Hospital, he was cited by President Bill Clinton in 1995 for lessons learned from him when he was governor of Arkansas about doing well and doing right. Correll led Georgia-Pacific and was a philanthropist who left fingerprints around the state. He was called on by mayors, business leaders, and friends for help for a particular reason.
Correll co-chaired a commission in 2003 that renamed Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to honor Maynard Jackson, the city's first Black mayor. He served on the Georgia Aquarium board and gave money to numerous causes in Brunswick, where he grew up. He and his wife, Ada Lee, both University of Georgia graduates, gave $5 million to their alma mater three years ago to start a scholarship for students with significant financial need.
He died Tuesday from kidney failure, his family said.
Correll is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ada Lee, his daughter, Elizabeth Correll Richards, his son, Alston, and five grandchildren.
A service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Wednesday, June 2 at 2 p.m.Read more about Pete Correll
Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 26, 2021.