Many people who knew Madeleine Anthony might be surprised to know that she was not born and raised in Dahlonega, Georgia, where she was such a staunch supporter of the town and the North Georgia mountain region. Madeleine was born in Anniston, Alabama on March 30, 1903. After she graduated from high school, she met and married schoolteacher John D. Anthony, a native of Wintersville, Georgia.The couple moved to Tifton for John’s teaching position at the Georgia College for Men (now Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College). In 1933, the move was made to Dahlonega, where Professor Anthony taught biology at North Georgia College. The Anthony family included a daughter and two sons.
Madeleine embraced her new hometown with enthusiasm and boundless energy. She has been honored for many things, but a few stand out. Her passion was evident in her work in Dahlonega for historic preservation and the development of tourism for the North Georgia mountain region.
Read a full profile of Kiker Anthony on the Georgia Women of Achievement website.