Emory Medals are presented to four prominent alumni

The annual Alumni Weekend celebration Sept. 28-30 was highlighted by the presentation of the Emory Medal to four of the University's most distinguished alumni. This year's honorees include a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, a longtime Atlanta community activist, a volunteer in the literacy/education arena, and a pioneer in the medical field. Emory Medal recipients for 1996 include:

Tillie Kidd Fowler

Tillie Kidd Fowler graduated from the College in 1964 with a bachelor of arts degree in political science, then received her law degree from the Law School in 1967. She became a legislative assistant for Robert G. Stephens Jr. in 1970-71, and later served as General Counsel for the White House Office of Consumer Affairs in 1982-83. In 1985 she was elected to the Jacksonville, Fla., City Council. Two years later, she became the first republican and the first woman president of the City Council. She left office in 1992 and was elected to the U.S. House of

Representatives. She was re-elected without opposition in 1994 and faces re-election again this year. Fowler has served as deputy majority whip and as a member of the House Republican Policy Committee, the House Republican Research Committee, and the Republican Freshman Reform Task Force.

At Emory, Fowler has been a member of the Association of Emory Alumni Board of Governors and the Alumni Leadership Committee.

Charles A. Harris

Charles A. Harris graduated from Emory with a bachelor of business administration degree in 1942. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and retired with the rank of major in 1946.

Living in Ocilla, Ga., he owns A.S. Harris Department Store. He is president of the First State Bank of Ocilla and has served as a board director for more than 40 years. He is also a director of the Irwin County Library.

Harris was the first non-lawyer member of the State Disciplinary Board, later serving as vice chair. He was elected to a seat on the State Department Executive Committee, appointed by Gov. Jimmy Carter to the State Board of Regents, and was a delegate to the 1972 National Democratic Convention.

Harris currently is a member of the State Vocational Technical School Board, chairman of the State Literacy Program, and treasurer of the Georgia Democratic Party. He is active in many Jewish organizations and has served Emory on the Board of Visitors and the Alumni Council.Alicia Anne Philipp Alicia Anne Philipp earned her bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1975, and her master of business administration degree from Georgia State University in 1982. She worked with Central Atlanta Progress and was assistant director of the Georgia Special Olympics.

Since 1977, Philipp has served as executive director of the Metropolitan Atlanta Community Foundation (MACF), whose endowment has increased from $7 million to more than $80 million during her tenure. Consequently, the MACF is the 11th largest and fastest growing community foundation in the United States. The MACF was the first major charitable organization in Atlanta to provide grants to groups assisting AIDS patients.

At Emory, Philipp has served on the Board of Visitors and is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Rollins School of Public Health. She is on the Board of Directors for the Council on Foundations and the Independent Sector, and serves as chairwoman for the Women and Foundation/Corporate Philanthropy and the United Way of Atlanta Evaluation Committee. She is a former vice president of the Downtown Area Council of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, where she served on the Executive Committee from 1981-84, and has been a member of the Advisory Committee of The Atlanta Project since 1991.

William C. Waters III

William C. Waters III received his degree in English from the College in 1950 and his medical degree in 1958. He currently is chair of the Promina Health System board.

As a faculty member at Emory in 1962-70, he helped develop the first renal transplant program in Georgia, as well as the first chronic dialysis program. Waters was chairman of the board for Piemont Medical Center. He also chaired the Department of Internal Medicine and the Research, Laboratory Advisory, and Utilization Committees at Piedmont Hospital until he retired in 1984. His medical publications include articles in The American Journal of Medicine, The American Surgeon and The Heart.

Waters is a clinical associate professor of medicine in the School of Medicine. He served as chairman of the Clinical Facility in 1981, president of the Emory Medical Alumni Association in 1989-90, volunteered with the Emory Alumni Fund Class of 1950 Reunion Committee in 1989-90, and is currently an alumni representative to the School of Medicine Curriculum Task Force.

-- Erin Miles

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