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James Edwin Gates

James Edwin Gates was born in Columbus, Georgia, in 1940. He received his Associate Degree of Building Technology from the Southern Institute of Technology and spent twenty-five years working with his family’s firm, Williams Construction Company, followed by fifteen years as a Senior Vice President of Flournoy Construction Company. Gates was a member of the Columbus Rotary Club, President of Goodwill Industries of Columbus (Emeritus Board Member), Secretary of the National Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of America, President of Junior Achievement in Columbus, President of the Big Eddy Club, and was the Resident Council Chairman at Spring Harbor Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Columbus. In 1983, Gates received the Sertoma Club Southeast Regional Service to Mankind Award. In addition to his love of photography, Gates enjoyed collecting a library of 13,500 volumes of chess literature, which he has since sold. He and his wife, Sally Quillian Gates, recently celebrated their 33rd anniversary. They now live at Spring Harbor CCRC in Columbus.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without (in no particular order)

  1. My computers
  2. The Internet and the Usenet/Newsgroups
  3. YouTube
  4. My photographic equipment
  5. My drones
  6. My friend Bill
  7. My music (from country to classical)
  8. Charles Krauthammer
  9. Milton Friedman’s Free to Choose
  10. My wonderful wife Sally (she really is #1!)

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