Emory Report

September 25, 2000

 Volume 53, No.5

Rollins family donates $5M to School of Public Health

By Sarah Goodwin

The Rollins School of Public Health has received a $5 million gift from its namesake family, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Michael Johns announced.

The gift will underwrite the O. Wayne and Grace Crum Rollins Endowment Fund, established two years ago with an initial gift from Grace Crum Rollins. One priority for these resources is to establish a Rollins Chair of Epidemiology, the field that investigates the spread and underlying causes of disease. The school is a national leader in epidemiology research as well as epidemiology training.

"From the earliest days of the school, the Rollins family has understood the significance of public health on the well-being of people in Georgia and throughout the world," said public health Dean James Curran. "They also understand the value of unrestricted endowment that will ensure the school has resources to meet its present and future academic needs."

The public health program at Emory is now 25 years old, and the Rollins School is celebrating its 10th year as the only full-fledged public health school in Georgia.

In 1992, Grace Crum Rollins and sons Gary and Randall gave $10 million to build a state-of-the-art home for the school, now named in her honor.

The Rollins family began its support of the University many years ago, when the late O. Wayne Rollins served as a trustee.

In 1986, the Rollins Research Building was named in his honor following a $10 million gift toward its construction.

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