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Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322

Release date: October 23, 1998
Contact: Deb Hammacher, Assistant Director


Emory University presented three of its alumni and professors emeriti with the Arts and Sciences Awards of Distinction during Alumni Weekend activities held Sept. 24-27. The award recognizes lifetime achievement in their fields of endeavor, and in their ongoing service to Emory arts and sciences and the community at large. This year's recipients are James D. Eisen, C. Ann Hooper, Paul M. McLarty Jr., Alfred B. Heilbrun Jr., Irwin Jay Knopf and Robert H. Rohrer Jr.

James D. Eisen, who received his master's and doctoral degrees in biology at Emory (1954 and 1960), was recognized for his work in biology. After earning his Ph.D., Eisen spent two years as a cancer researcher at the universities of Uppsala and Lund in Sweden on a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship.

He taught at the University of Nebraska Medical School for 18 years, eventually becoming professor of human genetics. In 1962 he was one of the first scientists in the United States to develop amniocentesis and ran one of three laboratories in the country that conducted tests on samples. He later formed a private company, Vivigen, which he sold to Genzyme Corporation in 1992. Eisen has been a member of the Graduate Advisory Council since 1996.

Eisen currently resides in La Jolla, Calif. (92037).

C. Ann Hooper, who earned her bachelor's degree from Emory in 1970 and her master's degree from Emory's Nursing School in 1972, is president of the Northwest Georgia Council of the Girl Scouts of America, Inc., and financial vice president of Lathem Time Corporation, the nation's second largest manufacturer of time clocks and security systems.

As a nurse at Grady Memorial Hospital, Hooper published two articles in The Lancet, Great Britain's leading medical journal.

She has served as president of the Association of Emory Alumni since 1992, is a member of the Emory Alumni Board of Governors and a charter member of the Dean's Council for Emory College. She also chaired the council's committee on student life.

Hooper is a resident of Atlanta (30331).

Paul M. McLarty Jr., who received a history degree from Emory College in 1963 and a law degree in 1966 from Emory Law School, was recognized for his involvement in youth programs at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, where he served as a parent-youth coordinator, and for his dedicated service to the university.

McLarty is a member of Alpha Tau Omega and Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. In 1990 he received the Emory Interfraternity Council Outstanding Advisor Award, then was selected as the Alpha Tau Omega chapter Advisor of the Year in 1991. He has served as a member of the Association of Emory Alumni Board of Governors and is a member of the American and Georgia bar associations, the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Glenn Church, Decatur-DeKalb YMCA, the Scottish Tartans Society and the board of Theatre Gael.

McLarty is a senior partner with the law firm McLarty, Robinson and Van Voorhies and resides in Atlanta (30309).

Alfred B. Heilbrun Jr. received his diploma from the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology in 1960, and in 1963 became a Fellow of the American Psychology Association. He has published more than 200 professional articles and has been a professor of psychology at Emory University since 1979. He retired from Emory in April 1991.

Heilbrun received his bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology (1949 and 1950) from Oberlin College. He received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the State University of Iowa in 1954.

Heilbrun resides in Atlanta (30345).

Irwin Jay Knopf became a member of the Emory faculty in 1964 and served as the chairman of the Department of Psychology from 1964-1983. He also served as president for the Southeastern Psychological Association from 1979-1980. In 1980, Knopf was recognized as a distinguished professor by the university. He retired from Emory in April 1992.

Knopf received his bachelor's degree in 1948 from New York University and his master's and doctoral degrees (1949 and 1952) from Northwestern University. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa as well as a fellow with the American Psychological Association.

Knopf resides in Atlanta (30319).

Robert H. Rohrer Jr. joined the faculty of Oxford College in Oxford, Ga., in 1940. He came to Emory's Atlanta campus in 1942, becoming a full member of Sigma Xi fraternity in 1949 and serving as its secretary (1954-58) and president (1958-59).

Rohrer also has served as vice president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, president of the Atlanta chapter of the Health Physics Society, and president of the Emory chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. He is a member of the physics honorary society, Sigma Pi Sigma, and received the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award in 1973 and the Thomas Jefferson Award in 1978. He retired from Emory in June 1986, although he continues to teach occasionally at the university.

Rohrer obtained both a bachelor's degree in engineering and his master's degree in electrical engineering from Emory in 1939 and 1942. He received his doctorate in nuclear physics from Duke University in 1954.

Rohrer resides in Stone Mountain, Ga. (30087).

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