Emory Report

 December 1, 1997

 Volume 50, No. 14

AIDS quilt memorializes
Emory alumni and staff

The Dobbs Center will be the site of a six-day display of the NAMES Project's AIDS quilt. Forty-eight panels commemorating the lives of people from Emory and the broader Atlanta community were selected for the display, which opens on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1.

Nearly a dozen campus organizations worked to bring the panels to campus. Spearheading the effort was the AIDS Awareness Committee, chaired by senior Hildie Cohen. "We hope that the quilt display will raise people's consciousness of the disease and encourage them to educate themselves and others," she said. Cohen and more than 30 others took part in constructing a panel for the quilt commemorating people associated with the University who have died of AIDS.

There will be an opening ceremony Monday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater, where the quilt is mounted. Other viewing times are Tuesday, Dec. 2, 3-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 3, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 5, 3-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 6, 3-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

"It's important for young adults to recognize that we have the opportunity to be educated so we can work to stop this disease," said Margit Anderson of the AIDS Awareness Committee. "Many people have died from AIDS who did not have that opportunity."

Alumni and staff of the University commemorated in the Emory panel are: James Flach, who received his PhD in 1986 from the graduate school and who worked as a microbiologist in the Department of Pediatrics; Jack Greenhut Jr., a 1976 graduate of Emory College who worked as a staff member on The Emory Wheel, served as president of Barkley Forum and established the Lewis Greenhut Prize in Economics for graduating seniors; Mitchell Mucha, a 1981 graduate of the School of Medicine who worked as house officer in radiology at New York's Beth Israel Hospital; Gary Piccola, who received master's and doctoral degrees in psychology from the graduate school in 1976 and 1979, respectively, and who was a partner at Atlanta's New South Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy and a founder and first president of Congregation Bet Haverim, Atlanta's first gay and lesbian synagogue; and Charles Yates, who served as interior design project manager during construction of the Dobbs Center from 1985 to 1987.

For more information about the display, call Ed Stansell at 727-0282 or Hildie Cohen at 251-1709.

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