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December 2, 2002

Board elects four alumni trustees

By Beverly Clark

President Bill Chace’s surprise retirement announcement wasn’t the only item on the agenda at the Nov. 14 Board of Trustees meeting; the board also elected four new alumni members, each of whom will serve a six-year term.

The newest University trustees are:

Richard Bagby of Orlando, Fla. Bagby, a radiologist, has served as president of the Florida Medical Association, was a founder of the Human Crisis Council and has served on the boards of directors for many professional and community organizations.
A native of Banner Elk, N.C., Bagby earned his bachelor’s from Emory in 1962 and his medical degree from the School of Medicine in 1966. Following internships at Emory Hospital, the Atlanta VA Hospital and Grady, he served as a resident in diagnostic radiology at Emory from 1969–71.

Bagby has served on the Board of Governors for the Association of Emory Alumni (including one term as president) and has been a member of the Board of Visitors, in addition to many other activities on behalf of Emory College and the medical school.

Walter “Sonny” Deriso Jr. of Albany, Ga. Deriso is vice chairman of the board of Synovus Financial Corp. He graduated from Emory College in 1968 and from the law school in 1972. As an undergraduate, he was elected to Omicron Delta Kappa leadership society and DVS senior society, and he received the Brittain Award, the University’s highest student honor, in 1968.

Deriso practiced law for 19 years in Albany. For six years he was president of Security Bank and Trust Co. of Albany before joining Synovus in 1997. He has served on several boards, including those of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, the Georgia Bankers Association, Andrew College, the South Georgia Methodist Home for Children and Youth, and the Foundation of the Methodist Home.

Lynn Heilbrun Stahl of New York. Stahl earned her bachelor’s (Phi Beta Kappa) from Emory in 1976 after spending much of her childhood growing up on campus; her father, Alfred Heilbrun, was a faculty member for more than 20 years and is a Distinguished Research Professor of Psych-ology Emeritus. Her mother, Marian Heilbrun, earned her master’s in librarianship from Emory the same year Stahl graduated.

Stahl has served two terms on the dean’s council of Emory College and also has served on the college council of advisors. She and husband Jack Stahl (a 1975 Emory graduate, former president and COO of Coca-Cola, and current president and CEO of Revlon) have established the Heilbrun Fellowship to honor her father. Two years ago, they established the Marian K. Heilbrun Music and Media Library in honor of her mother.

William Warren IV of Atlanta. A native of Atlanta, Warren earned two degrees from the School of Medicine in 1979 and 1982. After medical school, he served on the pediatrics staff of Emory-affiliated hospitals for three years.

Warren’s professional positions have included time at Sandy Springs Pediatrics and Scottish Rite Children’s Medical Center. Because of his desire to meet the health care needs of Atlanta’s poor, Warren left his Sandy Springs practice to found the Good Samaritan Health Center in Atlanta’s Centennial Place neighborhood (formerly Techwood-Clark Homes).

Warren received the Health-Care Heroes Award in 1998 from the Atlanta Business Chronicle for his work in community health and outreach. In 2000, he received the Medical Association of Georgia’s Jack A. Raines Humanitarian Award and the Westminster Schools Distinguished Alumni Award. Warren is the great-great-grandson of Asa Candler (founder of Coca-Cola) and the great-great-great-nephew of Emory’s first chancellor, Bishop Warren Candler.