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Brief Biographical / Historical Sketch

Biography

George M.P. Baird, 1887-1970, B.A. University of Pittsburgh, 1909, made varied and lasting contributions to the University. He wrote the lyrics of the Alma Mater, suggested the Panthers as the name of the football team, and was actively associated with the Scottish Room Committee. He left his teaching position at Pitt for the Army in 1917. Upon his return, he began a new career in government service in the city of Pittsburgh and was senior research analyst for the Department of City Planning when he retired in 1961. Throughout his life he maintained a strong interest in the theatre. He wrote and produced several one-act plays, directed, served as a theatre consultant, and lectured on the theatre.