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Henry-Crowe honored

Dean of the Chapel Susan Henry-Crowe, whose ministry has been devoted to fostering interfaith dialogue on campus and in the community, has been named Chaplain of the Year by the United Methodist Foundation for Christian Higher Education.

Henry-Crowe, who coordinates the efforts of twenty-seven religious groups at Emory, was cited by the foundation for being “tireless in the conduct of her ministry and unflappable amid the complexities and controversies inherent in the life of a research university.”

The honor carries a cash award of $5,000, which Henry-Crowe will use to help fund the University’s “Journeys of Reconciliation,” a project her office sponsors in which Emory students, faculty, and staff travel to troubled regions of the world to learn more about the roots of conflict, do public service, and establish ongoing relationships with international communities.















After two years as a distinguished professor at Emory and the Candler School of Theology, Archbishop Desmond Tutu returned to his native South Africa this spring.

“My time here has been wonderful,” Tutu said on the eve of his departure. “Candler and Emory as a whole is a warm, friendly, affirming place. My students have been superb. I’ve enjoyed teaching them and have learned many, many insights from them.”

“Emory has been honored and delighted to have Archbishop Tutu on our faculty as a member of our Emory family,” Provost Rebecca S. Chopp said. “He has given generously of his time, wisdom, and spirit in the classroom, in public lectures and in community service. His delightful humor, his vast range of experiences, and his powerful testimonies have enriched the lives of our students, faculty, and staff.”


Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies, this spring was acquitted in British High Court of libel charges stemming from her 1994 book, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory.

Lipstadt’s accuser, writer David Irving, argued that the Emory professor and her publisher, Penguin Books, inaccurately portrayed him as a Holocaust denier. Judge Charles Gray ruled that the portrayal was consistent with Irving’s behavior, which he labeled “anti-Semitic and racist.”

“The picture of Irving which emerges from the evidence of his extracurricular activities revealed him to be a right-wing, pro-Nazi polemicist,” Gray said. “It appears to me incontrovertible that Irving qualifies as a Holocaust denier.”

“Emory celebrates Deborah Lipstadt’s victory in this case as a victory for free inquiry,” President William M. Chace said. “I was not surprised because I knew the evidence mounted on her behalf would be sufficient to withstand this attack.”

“The world was watching this trial,” Chace said, calling it the most important case related to the Holocaust since Adolf Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem in the early 1960s. Ironically, Eichmann himself played a role in Lipstadt’s defense, since Israel went to the unprecedented length of releasing the former Nazi’s World War II diaries to bolster her case. Copies of those diaries will be sent to Emory and will be available for study.

Lipstadt returned to her Emory teaching duties in the fall.


The Emory community recently bid a reluctant farewell to Frances Lucas-Tauchar, senior vice president and dean of campus life since 1992, who on July 1 became the tenth president–and the first female president–of Millsaps College, a 110-year-old, private, Methodist-affiliated institution in Jackson, Mississippi.

“To be a college president has been one of my lifelong professional dreams,” said Lucas-Tauchar, a native Mississippian and alumna of Mississippi State University. “Needless to say, I’m thrilled for this new opportunity. However, I’m deeply saddened to leave Emory and Atlanta. . . . Emory is a magnificent community of friends and scholars, where I have thrived and been exceptionally happy.”

During her tenure, Lucas-Tauchar presided over a number of accomplishments in campus life, including the inauguration of the Phoenix Plan to reform Emory’s Greek system and the renovation of University Apartments. She also helped strengthen the University’s athletics program.

“Frances has been an extraordinary presence on campus, and we all deeply regret her leaving us, while at the same time we rejoice in her appointment at Millsaps,” President William M. Chace said.


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