Cox Foundation Creates Chair in Neurology


Philanthropist Betty Gage Holland, shown here in 1990 with her granddaughter Sciascia Gambaccini, is being memorialized with a chair in neurology.

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The Jim Cox, Jr. Foundation has established the Betty Gage Holland Chair in Neurology at Emory School of Medicine. The inaugural holder of the chair will be Allan Levey, who directs Emory’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and chairs the Department of Neurology.

Holland was the widow of the former chair of Cox Enterprises, James (Jim) M. Cox Jr., who died in 1974. Holland married William Jackson Holland in 1979. Before her husband’s death in 2001, Levey was his physician, and Holland had the opportunity to get to know Levey at office visits. Betty Gage Holland passed away in 2004. The Cox Foundation has supported many educational enterprises, most of them in and around Atlanta, where Holland had deep roots.

Her daughters, Bettie Gambaccini and Sallie Marcucci, who live abroad, are members of the Distribution Committee of the Cox Foundation and have participated in commitments of $100,000 annually to neurosciences research at Emory since 1990. In addition to supporting the health sciences, the foundation committed $2 million in 2007 to establish a chair in Roman history at Emory, also in memory of Holland, an avid traveler and art lover.

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