On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, the world lost a great man, Culver “Rusty” Kidd. Rusty was a dear and beloved friend of Georgia Military College (GMC) and all those who have worked there. Since I joined the GMC team, he has been incredibly gracious to all and very engaged in the affairs of the school. His mentorship and guidance have been absolutely invaluable in charting our future. The Milledgeville native grew up around GMC and has long family ties to the institution.
Rusty’s connection to GMC actually pre-dates his own birth, going back to his grandfather, Culver Kidd, Sr., and his father, Senator Culver Kidd, who both attended GMC. Senator Kidd earned his commission at GMC and went on to serve as a Captain of the U.S. Army in World War II. He also helped to make GMC both a private and public institution of higher learning in the Vietnam era. Upon his death in 1994, GMC honored him by relocating all his office furniture to a special room in the GMC Library. The family still has his GMC saber and uniform in a special place on the college.
When Senator Kidd’s mother passed, local businesses along with the Kidd family created a scholarship fund for her and later added his name to the Tillie S. Kidd and Senator Culver Kidd GMC Scholarship fund.
Since 1987, Rusty has been an active supporter of Georgia Military College, contributing to his family’s scholarship, the Prep School Performing Arts, Annual fundraising, Athletics, and Visual Arts Scholarships, as well as the Baugh Barracks Fund and College Cadet Scholarship, and many more. His most notable contribution was made to the Health and Wellness Fund.
In 1999, Rusty suffered a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. Despite his physical limitations, Rusty maintained his appreciation for fitness. When Rusty learned of GMC’s plan to build a new Health and Wellness Center for students and faculty, he immediately came forward to help. Not wanting the generous donation to shift attention away from the project itself, Rusty made the gift anonymously. Only recently, with construction of the center well under way, did he agree to make news of the gift public. The building would go on to be named the “Kidd Center,” marking his family’s legacy at GMC forever.
Rusty made a difference in the lives of many students and cadets on the GMC and GMC Prep School campuses. He was at nearly every event and gathering, showing support for the institution he loved so much. He was a dedicated statesman and community leader that worked to improve the lives of those in Milledgeville and Baldwin County, and across the state of Georgia. He has been a pillar of service and friendship to the entire GMC community and he will be greatly missed by all. His legacy will live on at Georgia Military College.
For those who wish, the family requests donations be made to the Senator Culver Kidd and Mrs. Tillie S. Kidd Scholarship Fund at Georgia Military College Foundation, 201 East Greene Street, Milledgeville, GA 31061. To make an online donation to this scholarship, please visit give.gmc.edu.