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The Circle of Distinction celebrated its inaugural induction in 2002.  It honors those individuals who have extended extraordinary support to Georgia athletics through the years. "All four inductees have been long time and extremely generous supporters of Georgia athletics," said Georgia Director of Athletics Vince Dooley of the 2002 class. "I have known each one of them from the time that I first arrived in Athens 40 years ago. Their loyalty and generosity has been unwavering during all that time."

Freddy Farah

Inducted 2002

Farah lettered on the Georgia football team in 1960. He is a successful businessman in Jacksonville, Fla.  Farah also is a past president for the Bulldog Club of Jacksonville.
Leon Farmer

Inducted 2002

Farmer, who earned degrees from Georgia in 1964 and 1967, has been a successful Athens businessman for many years.  The Farmer family has endowed ten scholarships in eight different sports.
Don Leebern

Inducted 2002

Lettered as a Georgia football player from 1957-59.  The successful Columbus businessman has endowed three scholarships for football and gymnastics. The Bulldogs' locker room at Butts-Mehre is named in his honor.
J. Warren Mitchell

Inducted 2003

Mitchell, a 1948 University of Georgia graduate and a native of Greenville, S.C., had a distinguished career in the insurance business before his retirement. He is a charter member of the Bulldog Club, a member of the Presidents Club, a donor to the Partners Program and a member of the National Alumni Association.
Rankin M. Smith, Sr.

Inducted 2012


Smith was one of the driving forces in moving Atlanta from a southern town to a major international city. He was at the forefront of bringing major sports facilities, events and teams to his hometown including Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Georgia Dome, the Atlanta Braves, and Falcons, the Falcons as original owner. His great devotion to the University was honored through the generosity of his family which made possible the construction of the Rankin M. Smith, Sr., Student-Athlete Academic Center in 2002.
Jack Turner

Inducted 2002


Turner is a former Georgia baseball (1951) and basketball (1951-52) player who serves as the volunteer chairman of the Athletic Scholarship Endowment Program. The Turner family has endowed ten scholarships for football, men's and women's basketball, gymnastics and baseball.


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