New Endowments Honor Dean Lawley

Portrait of Dean Lawley outside the school of medicine building

Emory School of Medicine Dean Thomas Lawley is being honored with a new endowed scholarship and professorship.

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A revered teacher, physician, and leader, Emory School of Medicine Dean Thomas Lawley stepped down in September after a sixteen-year term. To honor his service, alumni and friends are building endowments for two funds bearing his name: a scholarship for medical and allied health students and a professorship in the Department of Dermatology.

By early September, the scholarship fund had accumulated nearly $123,000 in gifts and pledges, surpassing the minimum endowment level of $100,000. Ongoing gifts will increase the scholarship’s reach, enabling the School of Medicine to award higher levels of support to more students. The professorship fund had garnered more than $660,000 in gifts and pledges. The minimum needed to endow a professorship is $1 million.

Lawley plans to return to Emory after a year’s sabbatical to teach, care for patients, and conduct research. His legacy as dean includes a fivefold rise in research funding; a new curriculum; a twofold increase in faculty; six new departments; and more than 1 million square feet of clinical, teaching, and research space including the James B. Williams Medical Education Building, a facility honoring the leadership of Trustee Emeritus Jimmy Williams 55C.

To learn more about honoring Lawley with gifts to the scholarship and professorship, contact Kathryn Carrico, senior associate vice president for development, at the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, or 404.727.2512.

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