the first time, more than 150 University alumni and community
members donned black-tie dress and gathered for an evening event
September 18 to celebrate the 2003 Emory Medalists. The black-tie
dinner kicked off a new incarnation of the fall alumni reunion
event: Homecoming. Many other major alumni events will take
place during the first Emory Weekend, May 6-10, 2004.
selected for the Emory Medal represent the quintessence
of Emory, said Robert G. Pennington
president for alumni affairs and special development programs.
This years recipients are Rev.
John L. Cromartie Jr. 64C-88T, Ernie
Harwell 40C, and Solon
57B-58MBA and Marianna
the many things we do in this house, University President
James W. Wagner said, I can think of none more important,
more fun, and more meaningful than tonight.
in Gainesville, Georgia, Cromartie received his bachelors
degree in political science from Emory in 1964 and a law degree
from the University of Georgia in 1967. He returned to Emory
to earn a masters degree in theology in 1988.
a lawyer, Cromartie was part of significant civil rights work
in the late 1960s. He argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and
served as director of the statewide Georgia Legal Services Programs
and as president of the National Legal Aid Defenders Association.
In 1998, he received the Lifetime Commitment to Public Service
Award from the Emory Public Interest Committee of the School
was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church in 1992
and served at Peachtree Road UMC before his appointment to Cumming
First UMC. Cromartie has received several awards from the Candler
School of Theology, including awards for preaching and leadership.
would advise somebody, if at all possible, to end up in a job
that they feel passionate about, Cromartie says. Use
the gifts that youve got and be proud of that, whatever
those gifts are. And if you can do that and look back over your
life and say, Ive been blessed with opportunities to use
my giftsthats a good thing.
his retirement last year, Ernie Harwell enjoyed a stellar fifty-five-year
career as a baseball announcer, chronicling games for the Atlanta
Crackers, the Brooklyn Dodgers, the New York Giants, the Baltimore
Orioles, and finally the Detriot Tigers. He was the first announcer
to be traded for a player and the first voice to broadcast a
sporting event coast-to-coast. Harwell is a member of the Baseball
Hall of Fame, the National Sportscasters Hall of Fame, the National
Radio Hall of Fame, and Emorys Sports Hall of Fame.
Emory, Harwell served as Interfraternity Council President,
was editor of the Emory Wheel, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon,
DVS Senior Honor Society, and the Press Club.
meant a lot to me, Harwell said. It showed me some
direction. And its been part of my life a long time. Im
very humbled by such an honor.
natives and philanthropists Solon and Marianna Patterson have
been married for forty-two years, and have numerous Emory alumni
in their family.
a student at Emory, Marianna was a Stipe Scholar, was inducted
into Phi Beta Kappa, and served as president of Kappa Kappa
Gamma. She has served as an Annual Fund class committee volunteer,
has been a member of the alumni leadership committee, the Legacy
Society, and the Board of Visitors. With her husband, she co-chaired
the 1997 Emory Annual Fund.
was always taught that you were supposed to do your best at
whatever you did, she says. And I also feel that
if youre fortunate enough to receive a good education
and to grow up in a secure environment and have an opportunity
to do basically what you want to do, you really owe the community
back for this.
activities at Emory included serving as president of the Business
School Student Council and being a member of the Society for
the Advancement of Management and Alpha Kappa Psi, a business
school fraternity. He was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma and
was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the Student Honor Council,
and Chi Phi fraternity. He also has served as president of the
Business School Alumni Association.
has served as president and CEO of Montag and Caldwell, the
Southeasts oldest investment counseling firm, which he
still chairs. Recently the Pattersons made a joint commitment
that names the future plaza between the business school and
the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.
opportunity to serve people and help them in their financial
affairs, and let them achieve their goals and objectives is
the part that Im most passionate about, Solon says.
I enjoy the challenges and opportunities that that provides.
And Ive always felt that theres an obligation to
give back to the community, to be involved and to try to help
make it better than it was when you found it.