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Brick by Brick

G round will be broken by the end of 2005
on a new $55 million medical education building that will be Emory University School of Medicine’s first permanent home on campus. The education facility is actually three buildings unified into a single, high-tech education complex. A new Hall of Medicine will bridge the past to the present, both physically and symbolically, with connections to the Anatomy and Physiology buildings—which hold much of the school’s history. It will be ready for occupancy by late 2007.
     The 162,000- square foot facility doubles the number of seats for teaching. A redistribution of space will better reflect the emerging curriculum with three 160-seat auditoriums and 18 small group classrooms. In addition to these “hard seats” for classes, “soft seats” for studying abound in separate lounges for medical students and graduate students in the biomedical sciences. A coffee lounge will provide additional gathering and study space.
     Other facilities include an expanded gross anatomy laboratory, two teaching computer laboratories, and a computer support room for students. In keeping with the university’s campus master plan, green space at an entrance plaza will have park-like landscaping and outdoor seating. The entrance lobby will feature a soaring atrium, offering an abundance of natural light.
     The building is generating enthusiasm among Emory administrators, faculty, and students. In fact, Dean Lawley is leading by example as a member of the school's 150 Society, composed of those who have donated $150,000 or more to the building in honor of the 150th anniversary. “I love Emory, and medical education is core to our mission,” Lawley says. “If I can help get this building built, I will.”
     Patients, too, are showing a strong commitment to the new construction. “It is unusual to have so much support for a medical school building from patients,” says Health Sciences Center Vice President for Development Phil Hills. “But our patients really see how important this building is for the continued excellence of medicine at Emory.”
     On these pages, we highlight the gifts of only
a few of those who are supporting the construction of this state-of-the-art teaching facility. If you’d like to join them in building a home that will empower the School of Medicine’s service for its next 150 years, contact Phil Hills, Woodruff Health Sciences Center, 1440 Clifton Road, Suite 440, Atlanta, GA 30322, 404-727-3518,

The good goes on

The late Charles F. Evans and his wife, Peggy Evans, wanted to impact the future of health care in Atlanta. The Atlanta philanthropists, whose wealth came from a chain of metro-Atlanta car dealerships, made good on that wish by leaving the bulk of their estate—some $15 million—to Emory’s medical and nursing schools.
     Both the Evanses, who were patients of Emory internist Dave Roberts, died of cancer. Their gift, according to Sarah Pilgrim, executor of the estate and an employee and close friend of the Evans family, “reflects their own appreciation for the kind of medical and nursing care they both received from Dr. Roberts and the nurses at Emory University Hospital.”
    Almost $12 million of the gift is supporting dramatic interior renovations of the Anatomy and Physiology buildings, first built in 1917. These twin wings, which will be renamed for Charles and Peggy Evans, will serve as training spaces for anatomy and provide research space for anatomy and other areas for teaching.
In addition, the Evans bequest created an endowed chair in the Department of Medicine to honor Dave Roberts, and it established an endowment to provide annual income to the department. The chair allows its holder to devote more time to teaching. The endowment supports new programs in the Department of Medicine that enhance student training through classroom, patient care, and research experiences.
     In one of Charles Evans’s last conversations with Emory development staff, he expressed his intention to “leave a lot of money to Emory because Emory does so much good.” The Evanses’ gift ensures that good continues.

Keeping up with the Joneses

Billy R. Jones had been
to several medical centers, and no one could tell him what was wrong. A vibrant businessman whom his family describes as “having the energy of three people,” he found himself extremely tired. Then Jones met Emory internist Dave Roberts who took a look at his patient's seemingly tanned skin, heard the symptoms of muscle weakness and fatigue, and made the diagnosis within 15 minutes: Addison's disease.
     At first, the independent Jones refused to believe that he would have to be dependent on medicine and refused to take the prescribed medication. Roberts persisted with phone calls until the reluctant patient relented. The condition requires ongoing monitoring and treatment, but Jones has recovered his energy.
     The entire Jones clan—Billy, his wife Mary Lou, his daughter Laytona, and his son, the former NASCAR driver Buckshot Jones—counts Roberts and his family as close friends. “The whole family loves Dr. Roberts,” says Laytona. “It wasn't easy to find something to do for him.” However, they decided on a gift to the new medical education building for a classroom in honor of Roberts. “Dad is very excited by this opportunity to give back to Dr. Roberts and the entire Emory Clinic this small token of his appreciation for what they gave him in diagnosing his condition and, essentially, giving him his life back with just a few minor adjustments,” Laytona says.
All in the family

Like a good genealogist, Sidney H. Yarbrough III, 63M, can trace four generations of his family’s medical training back to a single root: Emory.
     The oldest relative is James Dean DeLamar, who attended the Atlanta College of Physicians and Surgeons, a forerunner of Emory's medical school, in 1902–1903. DeLamar is the grandfather of Yarbrough’s wife, Rebecca. Next comes Sidney H. Yarbrough Jr., his father, who finished in the early 1920s at Atlanta Southern Dental College, which also was affiliated with Emory. Yarbrough himself went to college and medical school at Emory, returning after service in the Air Force to complete an orthopaedics residency from 1966 to 1970. In the fourth generation, Robert Knox Yarbrough, Sidney’s and Becky’s son, graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in 2001.
     “We have four generations of participation in an institution that I happen to be very proud of,” says Sidney Yarbrough. “I spent the most time of anyone. We feel we have a fairly significant IOU.”
     Sid and Becky Yarbrough have been making good on that IOU with donations of time and money to the medical school for many years. They serve as members of the school’s Medical Advisory Board. In 1998, Becky endowed a scholarship in her husband’s honor. This year, they will make a new gift of $150,000 to support a group learning room in the new medical education building.
     “Emory got me where I am,” says Sidney Yarbrough, “and I want to help them the best I can. I’m paying back a large debt.”

One Emory Experience

When Goodwin Breinin,
40G, 43M, was a medical student at Emory in the early 1940s, he played touch football on the lawn between the Anatomy and Physiology buildings. More than 60 years later, Breinin is contributing $10,000 to the new medical education building that will be erected on that same lawn. “My gift to the medical school is both an acknowledgement of my great debt to Emory and a tribute to Dean Tom Lawley, whose friendship I treasure,” he says.
     Breinin’s graduate school professors at Emory fostered his interest in the biologic sciences. He entered medical school with a class that “had the great good fortune to study under newly recruited Professor of Medicine Eugene Stead,” Breinin says. “He brought with him a crew of enfant terrible medical scientists who were developing the field of physiologic and laboratory-oriented medicine,” a radical departure for the time and one which fired Breinin’s imagination and led him into academic medicine.
     Following military service, he entered an ophthalmology residency at New York University School of Medicine in 1947. He later became the Daniel B. Kirby Professor of Ophthalmology there, a position in which he is still active as a researcher and teacher. Breinin chaired the Department of Ophthalmology beginning in 1959 and for the next 41 years— “a bit of a record,” he says.
     “All of this would not have been possible without my Emory experience,” says Breinin, a recipient of the Emory Medal.
     The gift from Breinin and his art historian wife, Rose Helen, is the couple’s second to the medical school. In 1996, Emory established the Breinin Lectureship in the Basic Sciences.
     Before the new building is erected, Breinin would like to play touch football on the lawn one last time. However, at 86, he admits, “I find that prospect somewhat dubious.”


What Brown can do for medical education

For the sixth straight year
running, FORTUNE magazine has rated UPS as the world’s most admired company in its industry. Of the attributes ranked in the annual survey, UPS received high marks not only for the quality of management but also for use of corporate assets and social responsibility. The world’s premiere package delivery company takes that charge seriously. In 2004 alone, UPS gave nearly $40 million worldwide in philanthropic grants.
     According to Evern Cooper Epps, president of the UPS Foundation, the company historically has focused its gifts on three areas: hunger, literacy, and, most recently, volunteerism. To have more impact, UPS aligns its philanthropy with organizations and projects that show solid operations, sustainability, and an element of volunteerism.
     Recently, the UPS Foundation has pledged $250,000 to honor Emory internist Dave Roberts and to support the medical school’s new medical education building. “We see Emory as a key community stakeholder, providing excellent service,” says Epps. “Like UPS, Emory is part of the fabric of our community. In our giving, we try to align our objectives with partners who share our vision.”
     That vision includes building healthy communities. “UPS believes that an important component of building strong and healthy communities is to ensure that quality medical care is available. That begins with a first-rate medical education,” says Lea Soupata, UPS senior vice president of human resources. “Given Emory’s reputation for academic excellence and Dr. Roberts’ character and dedication to the craft of medicine, we believe our gift is an appropriate tribute.”
     The latest UPS support builds on a gift of $100,000 last fall to Emory to help endow a chair in the late Paul Seavey’s name. Epps describes Seavey, who treated many of the business executives in Atlanta, including those at UPS, as a “legacy leader.”
     She sees Roberts, who took on many of Seavey’s patients, as carrying on that legacy. “He demonstrates the highest professionalism and can articulate Emory’s vision,” says Epps, who counts herself fortunate as one of his patients. “You couldn’t meet a more caring person.”
     The UPS Foundation hopes its gift will serve as “a catalyst to jump-start the new medical education building,” Epps says. “We want to be a good corporate citizen and a role model to others in this groundbreaking opportunity for our community.”
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