Memorial service scheduled for Joiner

Dan Joiner Jr., executive director of Continuing Medical Education, Medical Television and Medical Illustration at the School of Medicine, died at Emory Hospital on Jan. 2. He had been on medical leave for the past three months, following complications of kidney disease.

Medical Dean Jeffrey Houpt has invited all members of the Emory community to a memorial service at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the Hospital Auditorium. Joiner joined the medical school in 1983 and rapidly reorganized a small and struggling continuing education program into one of the largest and most significant programs among the nation's medical schools. Last year alone, roughly 8,000 physicians, dentists, nurses and other health care providers came from across the Southeast and beyond to update their professional training. Joiner also was an important force in the growing field of continuing professional education, serving on several national advisory committees.

Houpt said, "The University has lost a colleague who was both highly respected and widely loved." Rudi Tarangel, Joiner's long-time administrative assistant, said, "Dan set the pace for the future of continuing education at Emory. Our department lost a gentleman as well as a gentle man. I personally lost a confidant. He will be missed."

Joiner was honored by Emory in 1987 with the Award of Distinction for outstanding service and contribution.

His family has asked that any memorials be given to the American Kidney Foundation.

-- Sylvia Wrobel