Alva Burley Lines


Alva Burley Lines


Term of Award

Fall 2010

Degree Name

Doctor of Letters

Institution Issuing the Honorary Degree

Armstrong State University

Brief Biography of Degree Recipient

Alva Burley Lines (1915-2013) was a Savannah native and a member of Armstrong Junior College's inaugural graduating class in 1937. He went on to finish his education at Emory University before joining the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a captain, winning medals for his service under Gen. Douglas McArthur. After the war, Lines returned to Atlanta and founded Southeastern Films, becoming a pioneering documentary filmmaker. He was also involved in many civic and conservation organizations as well as helped preserve Georgia’s beaches and marshes.

Lines was active in the Armstrong Alumni Association and visited the campus often. He was honored at the 75th Anniversary Notable Alumni reception in 2010 and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters at Armstrong Atlantic State University in the Fall of 2010.


Armstrong Atlantic State University, Honorary Doctorate, Doctor of Letters


More information about Alva Burley Lines can be found in the December 2010 Armstrong Atlantic State University Commencement program as well as in his obituary.

Photo credit: Alva Lines Obituary

Alva Burley Lines