mark Richardson ’94C, a former Woodruff Scholar and Bobby Jones Scholar, has recorded a new CD called “Tranformation.” Richardson aims for his music to provide a “positive and spiritually enlightening alternative to morally bankrupt commercial hip-hop, and [to] return to the roots of hip-hop, when the genre was much less about misogyny and materialism than the casual observer would assume it is today.” Richardson also holds a JD degree from New York University School of Law and is an attorney with the firm King and Spalding. To learn more about the CD and Richardson’s work, visit www.freshmarcus.com.
B.C. Shubert ’66D used his dental degree from Emory to travel the world with the U.S. military. For more than four decades, Shubert served as a contract orthodontist with the National Guard and the Army Reserves. He enlisted as an infantry private in 1957 at age seventeen, then spent eight years in the National Guard while earning his DDS at Emory. He went on to serve in the Dental Corps and the Army Reserves, also maintaining a private practice from 1972 until he was called to active duty in Desert Storm and Desert Shield. When he retired from military service in 2001, Shubert was later featured on the cover of The Times of Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., where he now lives. “I think my life would be less complete if I had never joined the military,” he said.
The Rev. Stiles P. Cobb ’83MDiv has reason to celebrate this spring—June 20 in particular. The day has been officially proclaimed “Rev. Stiles P. Cobb Day” in Sparta, Georgia, thanks to Cobb’s contributions to the community during his seven years there. His work included serving as pastor of the historic Pierce Memorial United Methodist Church and as president of the Sparta Lions Club, writing religious columns for the local newspaper, and supporting the organization Helping Hands.
Three graduates of Emory’s Candler School of Theology were elected Bishop at last year’s Southeastern Jurisdiction Conference of the United Methodist Church. They are William Willimon ’73T, Richard Wills ’67MDiv, and Mary Virginia Taylor ’75MDiv. Continuing bishops include Larry M. Goodpaster ’73T-’82MDiv, Timothy Whitaker ’73T, and B. Michael Watson ’74T.
Robert Pickron ’64D has launched an innovative philanthropic program, Project Smile. When patients of his Atlanta practice lose their retainers, their parents write a check not to Pickron Orthodontic Care but to one of five Georgia charities. In turn, Pickron matches, dollar for dollar, the donations. Project Smile raised more than $14,000 for charity in 2004.
David J. Utter ’86C was named the 2003 Distinguished Attorney last year by the Louisiana Bar Association for his work with the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana. Utter, who has spent his entire law career in public interest work, co-founded the project in 1998 and serves as director. The organization’s mission is to battle the “brutality and violence” of the state’s juvenile prisons. In 2003, his work culminated in the Juvenile Justice Reform Act, reform legislation nationally recognized for its sweeping effectiveness.
Kilpatrick Stockton partners Elliott Levitas ’52C and Miles Alexander ’52C were recently honored by Emory’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Kent Alexander, and his wife, Diane. Kent, the son of Miles and Elaine Alexander and godson of Elliott and Barbara Levitas, donated a “friendship bench” near Alabama Hall in tribute to the two Emory graduates, who met their freshman year while throwing a football on the hall’s lawn.
|Fulton County Superior Court Judge Rowland Barnes ’72L, an adjunct professor at the Emory School of Law, died March 11 in a shooting at the Fulton County Courthouse in downtown Atlanta. Barnes, sixty-four, was one of four killed after a defendant stole a deputy’s gun. In honor of Barnes, President James W. Wagner ordered flags on campus flown at half-mast until March 17, the day of Barnes’ funeral, which was attended by more than 3,000 colleagues, friends, and family members. Barnes is survived by his wife, Claudia, two daughters, and four stepchildren. Additional details about Barnes will appear in the summer issue of Emory Magazine.