Trustee Makes Laney Bequest

James Gavin speaking

James Gavin 70 PhD, who has a doctorate in biochemistry from the Laney Graduate School, is supporting the school with a bequest.

Emory University trustee and faculty member James R. Gavin III 70PhD is strengthening the James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies with a bequest. His gift honors President Emeritus James Laney, whose ambitious plan for graduate education informed Emory’s emergence as a national research university.

“My graduate education at Emory has been such an important element of my career, and I am enormously proud of the strides being made by the Laney Graduate School with a very talented and diverse group of students,” Gavin said.

A clinical professor of medicine at Emory School of Medicine, Gavin is an expert in diabetes and childhood obesity who chairs the board of directors for the Partnership for a Healthier America. The partnership is instrumental in First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity.

Chosen as one of Emory’s “175 History Makers” in observance of Emory’s 175th anniversary this year, Gavin chairs the fund-raising effort for the Laney Graduate School and has served on the Emory Board of Trustees since 2003. He is former president of Atlanta’s Morehouse School of Medicine and served as a senior scientific officer for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for more than a decade.

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