Term of Award
Doctor of Letters
Institution Issuing the Honorary Degree
Armstrong State University
Brief Biography of Degree Recipient
Philip Solomons (1919-2011), a Savannah native, spent his first year of college at Armstrong Junior College before transferring to Georgia Tech. There, he studied industrial management before joining the Air Force during World War II. After returning from the war, he worked in the family business, Solomons Company, a pharmaceutical distributor founded in the 1840's. Solomons was heavily involved in the Boy Scouts and many other community and civic organizations as well as a life-long member of Congregation Mickve Israel.
Solomons attended Armstrong Junior College in 1938 where he was Vice President of the Freshman class. He also served on the Armstrong Atlantic State University Foundation Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. In 1997, he endowed The Philip and Shirley Solomons Eminent Scholar Chair in the Department of Economics at Armstrong and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters on May 9, 2009.
Armstrong Atlantic State University, "Philip Solomons" (2009). Georgia Southern Honorary Degrees. 17.