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How Did We Get Here, Where Are We Going, and Are We Alone?
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This issue of our newsletter is sent to members and friends of the Emory University Emeritus College (EUEC). I hope the newsletter will help keep you informed about our activities and help you feel connected with our members throughout the U.S. On the left are links to our website and links to contact either me or the EUEC office.
With best wishes,
Gray F. Crouse
Message from the Director
There is a lot in this issue! Our list of faculty activities is particularly robust, but I suspect that we are missing a lot--please send me information on your activities. There is not room to mention all of them here, but a Governor's Award for Arts and Humanities to Brenda Bynum and new member Keith Klugman's election to the National Academy of Medicine are especially notable.
You can read reports on our previous two Lunch Colloquiums (and follow the links to see the recorded webcasts!), read a report on the somewhat controversial Phi Beta Kappa lecture by James Jones, and read about our upcoming retirement seminar and Lunch Colloquium. For our Lunch Colloquium to the Oxford Farm, Dianne took a lot of pictures, and there is a link to her photo book. The Retirement Seminar was advertised to active faculty and at this point we have as many people signed up to view the webcast as are signed up to attend.
Note that this Thursday would be a great time to eat in the DUC, as Mike Kutner has arranged for faculty to get an all-you-can eat lunch for $7 and then eat with other faculty in the Winship Ballroom. This is a means of building support for a Faculty Club. Thanks to some of our Emory experts there is some new information on flu shots. We also mark the passing of EUEC member Jim Fowler, whom many of you knew.
I am very grateful to Herb Benario, John Bugge, and Gretchen Schulz for help with proofing and editing.
November 2 Lunch Colloquium
Archives: Human Experience Revealed
The Luce Center
11:30-1:00Rosemary M. Magee, Director of Emory's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library
|'|October 12 Lunch Colloquium A REAL FIELD TRIP: Life, Work, and Learning Down on the Oxford Farm Oxford College: The Dean's Dining Room
, Organic Farmer/Educator, Oxford College
October 19 Lunch Colloquium
Social Justice and the Vulnerable Subject
The Luce Center
Martha Albertson Fineman
, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law
The Future of the Liberal Arts
Many of you have probably heard of the uncertain fates
facing many small liberal arts colleges. Sweet Briar College in Virginia has been in the thick of such discussions, as its previous president, James Jones, proposed to shut the college down. James Jones spoke at Emory on September 30, and John Bugge reports on his talk.
October 28 Retirement Seminar
Financial Checkup for Seniors: Things to Think About
The Luce Center 2:00-4:00
Our members remain active in a variety of different ways relating to the scholarly life. Please let me know what you are doing. We don't have a staff of researchers at EUEC to dig out this information!
This issue we hear from Brenda Bynum, Keith Klugman, Perry Sprawls, Herb Benario, and Ron Nadler
.Click here to read about these activities
James W. Fowler
C.H. Candler Professor Emeritus of Theology and Human Development
EUEC member James Fowler died on October 16.
Our previous newsletter
had information about getting your flu shot this year. However, there were two issues that were not completely answered
. One of the advantages of Emory is having access to so many first-rate researchers, and so I asked Dick Compans
(Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Co-PI, Influenza Pathogenesis and
Immunology Research Center) and Walt Orenstein (Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Global Health and Director of the Influenza Pathogenesis & Immunology Research Center) two questions: For those 65 and older, when should they get the flu shot and should they get the high dose vaccine? Why even ask those questions? There have been some concerns expressed about how quickly flu vaccine immunity can wane; because in Georgia the peak flu incidence is usually January-March, one might be better off delaying getting vaccinated. As noted in the CDC information contained in the last issue, CDC does not make a recommendation for or against the high-dose vaccine because the data are not yet strong enough to do so.
The bottom line is that our Emory experts recommend, based on their own practice, getting vaccinated in October or early November and getting the high-dose vaccine.
Faculty Club Happy Hour
As a way of building support for a faculty club, a new activity for this fall is the arrangement for dates on which faculty and staff can get food for a special rate ($7.00 !) in the DUC Dobbs Market and then eat together in the Winship Ballroom. The next date is Thursday, October 29
. Click here for details.
AROHE (Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education) is the national organization to which EUEC belongs (and John Bugge is on its Executive Board). John, Gretchen Schulz, and I went to the national conference a year ago (and Gretchen reported on it in Issue 3). You may read the October issue of the AROHE newsletter by clicking here
. Among other topics, the newsletter announces next year's conference in Seattle,
has a short article on a new book, The Spirituality of Age: A Seeker's Guide to Growing Older
, and has information about what other AROHE members are doing.
EUEC is a leader among AROHE members, and it would be great to have more of our members attend next summer's conference. Read this newsletter, and if you would like more information about AROHE and would like to be on their mailing list, let us know.
Emory Caregiver Support Program
Mary Ellen Nessmith in the Work-Life Resource Center has been very good in making her programs available to EUEC. Below is an announcement about a program on November 12.
Are you caring for an aging adult loved one?
Are you confused where to turn for assistance and answers?
If you answered yes to one or both of the questions above, you may want to attend the following free workshop:
November 12, 2015
Gambrell Hall, Tull Auditorium
Panelists: Dr. Monica Parker, Geriatric Physician; Susan Hamel, Geriatric Pharmacist; and Michael Johnson, LCSW, Geriatric Care Manager
Learn the types of questions to ask and whom to look to for help when caring for an older adult. This workshop will discuss how to create your care team. The panel will consist of a geriatrician, geriatric pharmacist, and professional care manager who specialize in working with older adults. Each expert will provide an explanation of their role in caring for the aging population; the remainder of the session will be open for questions and answers.
Contact Mary Ellen Nessmith at (404)-727-4177 if you have questions about the workshop or the Emory Caregiver Support Program.
Note: For those of you who aren't able to attend the programs on campus
, the Caregiver Support Program offers a series of webinars for which one only needs an Internet connection, so you can participate no matter where you live. The webinars are free and are on a variety of topics. Click here
for more information about the webinars.
November 2 Lunch Colloquium
Archives: Human Experience RevealedRosemary M. Magee, Director of Emory's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library
Archives reveal the primary evidence of human experience: Why did the Civil War start? What were the inner workings of the Civil Rights Movement? How did the AIDS crisis evolve? Equally significant, archives also reveal insights into the mysteries of the human heart. Through examples drawn from drafts, letters, and journals in MARBL's collections (e.g., materials representing Seamus Heaney, Flannery O'Connor, James Dickey, and Alice Walker), we can map both external events and the interior landscape of a person's experience, tracing the evolution of a single poem or story, even the creation of a whole artistic identity. Rosemary M. Magee, Director of Emory's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, will discuss the power of archives to shape our sense of ourselves, individually and collectively.
Rosemary M. Magee serves as Director of Emory's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL) overseeing the collection and development of significant literary and historical materials. Previously, she served as Vice-President and Secretary at Emory, where she oversaw University governance processes, and also as Senior Associate Dean of Resources and Planning in Emory College of Arts and Sciences. A leader in Emory's creative community, she is chair of Creativity: Art and Innovation, a framing principle of the University's Strategic Plan, committed to supporting arts activities, performances, scholarship, research, and conversations across campus. In recognition for her service and leadership, in 2008, Magee received the Thomas Jefferson Award, one of the University's highest honors. Rosemary Magee holds a Ph.D. from Emory and both a B.A. and M.A. from Florida State University. An artist-in-residence at both the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, Dr. Magee has published two edited volumes along with essays, reviews, and short stories in a variety of journals and literary magazines. She is a member of the 2005 Leadership Atlanta class.
October 12 Lunch Colloquium
A REAL FIELD TRIP: Life, Work, and Learning Down on the Oxford Farm
On Monday, October 12, members of the Emeritus College (with partners and friends in tow) drove out to the Oxford College campus of the University for a special version of our Lunch Colloquiums, a field trip we were able to advertise as "A REAL FIELD TRIP" in that it involved one of Oxford's newest faculty members, award-winning organic farmer and experienced farm educator Daniel Parson speaking about "Life, Work, and Learning Down on the Oxford Farm." As the forty or so in attendance (including almost equal numbers of attendees from Atlanta and local emeriti and representatives of the Oxford faculty and staff) tucked into a super buffet (provided by Oxford's Dean Stephen Bowen and much enjoyed by all) we heard the story of the Farm, from its inception only a little more than a year and a half ago until now, when it's just been named one of the Top 30 Sustainable College-Run Farms in the country. First, Steve Bowen spoke of the donation of land that made it possible for a dream shared by many to become a reality, and then he turned it over to Daniel himself, whose spectacular record of making realties of dreams of this particular sort accounts for the spectacular success he's having here.
As explained at the lunch presentation--and as explained also on the web site for the Oxford Farm--"the seed of an idea for an organic farm at Oxford College" began to "take root" some years ago. "For several years we had had a vision of developing an organic farm, but the enabling event was the gift of land" (we're quoting Steve Bowen now) when "the 11-plus acres at 406 Emory Street" right across the road from the College campus were donated by Trulock Dickson, '72Ox-'74C. The property was the former home of Marshall and Fran Elizer, beloved members of the College community who came to the College in the 1940s and were central to life on the campus and in the town until just a few years ago. As Steve has said, it was expected that the Farm could be used "to model the use of sustainable farming techniques to support our local community and to provide education and training opportunities for our students on the issues of sustainability." But "the final piece was to find the right person to lead the farm."
"A nationwide search turned up Daniel Parson, named to Mother Nature Network's 40 Farmers Under 40 list and recognized with the Georgia Organics Land Steward of the Year Award." After earning "both a bachelor's degree in biological sciences and a master's degree in plant and environmental science from Clemson University," Daniel had accumulated "15 years of organic farming experience includ[ing] managing the Clemson University organic farm, Gaia Gardens in Decatur, Georgia, and, most recently, his own venture, Parson Produce, near Clinton, South Carolina." Given that experience--and the success he'd had in that experience, yielding the aforementioned recognitions--we wooed him with all the persuasion we could muster. And he came to Oxford to "dig in" to the challenge of the Farm (at that point, a grassy field) in January of 2014.
Speaking both of the farming he'd done in some of his other locales and the farming he's done since arriving here, Daniel described how readying land for farming (planting cover crops to enrich the soil, improving drainage and installing irrigation, building structures, gathering equipment, and so forth) gives way to farming itself. Here at Oxford, the first crops--sweet potatoes, squash, and peppers--were already in the ground by the end of the spring of 2014 to be grown over the summer and harvested in the fall, in time for the Grand Opening of the Farm in that most fruitful of seasons here in the Southeast. And by the end of that fall, Daniel was able to move on to longer-term plans like "the construction of hoop houses, which allow cold-hardy crops to grow all winter, to extend the growing season so it matches the flow of the school year."
That match with the "flow of the school year" is important, of course, because the Farm is intended as "a living laboratory for students" --and for the faculty teaching the students. Students have been "involved with the farm from the very beginning, [Daniel] says. 'We want to involve students as much as possible so they can learn to grow their own food, connect with the source of their food. There's going to be a lot of hands-on learning,'" some of it accomplished in extracurricular activity. But "lessons from the farm [have been] incorporated into the classroom curriculum, [too]. Faculty from across Oxford [have been] invited to use the farm as a resource in their teaching, [Daniel] says. 'Farmers today have to be growers, mechanics, business people, salesmen and marketers. So almost any field of study could [connect with] the Farm.'" To date, "the Farm has been smoothly incorporated into Oxford's [academic programming], and not just in biology and environmental science. Courses in philosophy, economics, and sociology also [are making] use of lessons provided by the Farm." What with extracurricular and curricular involvement (and that of students assigned to the Farm for work/study) "nearly 150 students spend at least some time on the farm each week." And faculty, staff, and community people often spend time helping out on the Farm, as well.
The organization that named the Oxford College Organic Farm one of the Top 30 Sustainable College-Run Farms (the 17th on that list of 30 farms, in fact) also praised the extent to which the Farm is already central to community nutrition--on the campus and in the communities around the College and around the University in Atlanta, also-noting especially its program in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA--a subscription program) and its sales to off-campus venues as well as individuals. The Tuesday Farmers Market on the Atlanta campus makes Farm produce available to people there. And in Oxford itself, the College Dining Hall has certainly benefited from the produce it purchases from the Farm. (We were no doubt enjoying some of that fresher-than-fresh produce in the very buffet we were ingesting while listening to Daniel speak.)
As this very convivial and informative (and tasty) occasion concluded, Daniel offered a brief tour of the Farm to all interested parties--and there were many interested enough to finish up this special Emeritus College field trip by actually trekking through a field or two with this farmer/educator extraordinaire (and his very knowledgeable apprentice, former Oxford student Ruth Geiger). For me, Gretchen, the highlight was the shitake mushrooms grown on a heap of hardwood logs. And I don't even like mushrooms. But there was much to see--including just how very much there is to do. And a few in attendance were heard to say they might be interested in volunteering to help handle that "much there is to do." If you are interested, just go to the Farm web site to find out more about volunteer opportunities. I can attest that Daniel will welcome whatever assistance you might provide. E-I-E-I-O
You may see the webcast of Daniel's talk by clicking here.
For additional photos of our trip to the farm, click here.
To learn more about the Oxford Organic Farm, click here
to see the website.
The Future of the Liberal Arts
The Liberal Arts in the Breach
On Wednesday, September 30, in the Reception Hall of the Carlos Museum, Dr. James F. Jones, recently retired President of Sweet Briar College in Virginia, spoke on the subject of "The Liberal Arts in the Breach." The event was sponsored by the Metro Atlanta Alumni Association of Phi Beta Kappa, with the co-sponsorship of the Emory University Chapter.
The general thrust of the talk was the dismal prospect that small liberal arts colleges in the United States face in the coming years. In fact, Jones suggested that a large number of such institutions are at serious risk of disappearing from the American higher-education scene in the next decade. He cited some alarming statistics. In 1994 the number of such colleges stood at 212; by 2012 that number had shrunk to just 137, and in the present year--2015--the number remaining is just 103. The causes of this dire situation are overwhelmingly financial ones. Most of these institutions have small endowments, high tuition, and little to offer in the way of significant financial aid. But perhaps the most crucial factor is that most parents of college-bound students are simply unwilling to foot the bill for a traditional liberal education because in the present economic climate it cannot be shown to lead to an immediate financial payoff in terms of immediate and lucrative employment.
Jones asserted that American culture no longer recognizes the intrinsic value of a broad liberal arts education, an idea inherited from the British university system of the Renaissance, and that those who still uphold that ideal have somehow lost touch with the language needed to defend it.
Dr. James Flannery, Professor Emeritus of the Arts at Emory and a member of the Emeritus College, introduced Jones and moderated a question-and-answer session after the formal address. It should be noted that the general topic of the evening mirrored the concern expressed about the future of liberal-arts education in the United States in an interdisciplinary seminar conducted last year in the Emeritus College on the general subject of "The Crisis in the University," in which Flannery participated along with ten others.
Jones's appearance was somewhat controversial, as he is at present party to a lawsuit brought by faculty and alumni of Sweet Briar College and others who objected to his recommendation, made last year when he was its interim President, that the institution
should close for reasons of financial exigency. Apparently, however, sufficient funds have been raised to keep the school open at least for the present academic year under a new president, who promises on the college's web site that there is "nothing interim" about his appointment and that Sweet Briar plans to survive and even grow. Whatever the case, the "politics" of this situation did not enter into Jones' talk nor into the discussion that followed, though it seemed clear enough that all in the audience were aware of what lay in the background.
While Jones was eloquent in depicting the sobering facts facing small-college liberal education today, and while he sounded a number of conventionally apocalyptic notes about the death of culture and the loss of a liberally educated citizenry--matters on which it was difficult to disagree--the picture he drew seemed at times unnecessarily bleak. The better-endowed liberal arts colleges like Williams and Wellesley will certainly survive, even flourish. In addition, a secure place for the liberal arts remains in undergraduate colleges of large and medium-sized research universities (like the University of Georgia and Emory). And it is not impossible that economic conditions will improve and allow Americans to rediscover the value of a kind of education that is not simply vocational. And many smaller colleges like Sweet Briar may find a way to survive, and perhaps even flourish, under creative and dedicated leadership.
October 19 Lunch Colloquium
Social Justice and the Vulnerable Subject
Martha Albertson Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law
Professor Fineman challenged participants who attended this EUEC Colloquium to think about the impact of vulnerability on the role of the state. She views vulnerability as the universal condition of both individuals and institutions. For individuals, vulnerability refers to the ever-present possibility of harm, injury, and impairment. She finds vulnerability in institutions through capture, cooptation, and corruption. This vulnerability, she argues, should strongly influence the role of the state. Namely, the state should act in ways that diminish the vulnerability of both individuals and institutions. It should not be relieved of responsibility for aiding the vulnerable and fostering ways to improve the resilience of individuals and institutions.
For individuals, this means that together and independently state institutional systems, such as those of education, finance, and health, can and should provide resources or assets that give individuals resilience in the face of vulnerability. According to Professor Fineman, a responsive state must ensure that its institutions provide meaningful access and opportunity to accumulate resources and that some individuals or groups of individuals are not unduly privileged while others are disadvantaged. It must attempt to provide balance where relationships involve parties of unequal power, such as those involving parents and children, doctors and patients, employers and employees. Since institutions themselves are also vulnerable they must be monitored and regulated.
A lively discussion followed Professor Fineman's formal remarks. It covered such topics as:
- The negative impact of poor parenting on future generations;
- The imbalance of power between patients and doctors and hospitals when it comes to obtaining so-called "informed" consent;
- The current problems associated with society's undervaluation of care-giving;
- The impact of things like charter schools, religious schools, and home schooling on the general welfare of society;
- The question of what is "just" in unequal relationships;
- The contrast between the European and American response to the current refugee crises in the Middle East.
Many in the audience found Professor Fineman's thesis compelling and expressed their interest in this way of thinking about the role of the state.
October 28 Retirement Seminar
Financial Checkup for Seniors: Things to Think About
Marcia Mayoue, CPA, CFA, CFP
Even if you are retired, there are still many financial decisions to make during one's retirement years. This seminar will cover many of the important issues that most of us will face: wills, estimating retirement cash flow (how to avoid running out of money!), reverse mortgages (Is annuitizing the equity in your home a good deal?), life insurance, charitable gift annuities (What are the pros and cons?), healthcare and financial powers of attorney, and yields on cash and liquid assets. For a more detailed list of the topics, click here
About Marcia Mayoue:
Marcia Mayoue joined Buckhead Investment Partners as a Personal Wealth Advisor in 2011. She has 27 years of experience in the financial services industry. Marcia works with affluent families in the areas of financial and estate planning, strategy development, and implementation of investment plans.
Education and Credentials
*CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®)
*Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder (CFA®)
*Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
*Master of Business Administration, University of Michigan
*Bachelor of Science, Accounting and Finance, Miami University (Ohio)
Professional Experience prior to Buckhead Investment Partners
*Mayoue Wealth Management-President
*Homrich & Berg - Director
*Balentine & Company - Sr. Vice President
*Manufacturer's Hanover/Chemical Bank - Investment Banking Officer
Associations and Affiliations
*Moving in the Spirit - Board Member
*Atlanta Society of Financial Analysts - Member
*Atlanta Women's Foundation - Board Alumnus
*Agnes Scott College - Investment Committee
*Children's Healthcare of Atlanta - Investment Committee
Licenses and Registrations
*Series 65, Investment Advisor Representative Click here to return to top
2015 Governor's Award for the Arts and Humanities
|Brenda Bynum flanked by Gov. and Mrs. Deal|
EUEC Member Brenda Bynum on
October 6 was presented the 2015 Governor's Award for the Arts and Humanities
by Governor Deal, in a ceremony at the State Capitol. The award citation states:
The Governor's Award for the Arts & Humanities honors outstanding individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to Georgia's civic and cultural vitality through excellence and service in the arts and humanities. Presented by the Office of the Governor in partnership with Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia Humanities, the Governor's Award recognizes the value of the arts and humanities in the creation of a thriving economy and their contributions to education, innovation, growth and quality of life. The Governor's Award pays tribute to the most distinguished citizens and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to work in these fields.
Keith Klugman, MD, PhD
William H. Foege Professor of Global Health
New EUEC Member Keith Klugman has just been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.
From the Emory news release:
Keith Klugman is one of the world's leading experts on antibiotic resistance in pneumonia. He helped develop the pneumonia vaccine that is now part of the immunization regimen for children in the United States. As a result of his research findings, invasive pneumococcal disease among young American children has decreased by nearly 80 percent.
A South African native, Klugman has also focused his research on ways to reduce deaths from pneumonia among children specifically in developing countries. Pneumonia claims 900,000 lives annually -- more than any other childhood disease, and Klugman's work has led to tremendous strides in reversing that trend through vaccinations.
In 2001 Klugman joined the Rollins School of Public Health, and in 2005 he was named the William H. Foege Chair of Global Health, funded by the Hubert Foundation in honor of Foege's contributions to the field. In 2003, the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of his landmark study that proved overwhelmingly that the pneumococcal vaccine had the potential to save the lives of thousands of children. Since then, Klugman has led efforts to make the vaccine available to children in Africa and Southeast Asia.
Read the entire news release by clicking here.
Perry Sprawls, Ph.D., FACR, FAAPM, FIOMP
Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Emory University
Since his retirement after 45 years on the Emory faculty in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Dr. Sprawls has devoted his efforts to "sharing the Emory experience with the Developing Countries of the world." This is actually the continuation of two of his major areas of concentration. At Emory he was an active educator within Radiology. In addition to teaching and serving as director of various programs he developed extensive educational resources including high-quality visuals to enhance classroom and conference sessions and authored several textbooks. These now are known collectively and around the world as the Sprawls Resources and are provided with open access on the web at: http://www.sprawls.org/ This is the website of the Sprawls Education Foundation established by the Sprawls Family to contribute to advances in radiology and radiological sciences education on a global basis, with an emphasis on the Developing Countries.
Also, while on the active Radiology faculty Dr. Sprawls worked to develop a variety of international and global health programs and activities. The most extensive was the Emory - Xi'an China Cooperative Program in Radiology, described on the previously referenced website. During this time he traveled to and provided educational support in at least 10 different Developing Countries.
Looking back over the recent academic year Dr. Sprawls identifies his three most significant activities contributing to global health and education as:
- Providing education resources: "Sharing the Emory Experience" with radiologists, radiological scientists, and educators in at least 75 different countries.
- Serving as a founding Co-Editor of the journal Medical Physics International. A major objective of the journal is to publish articles to support educational programs in all countries of the world.
- Continuing to serve as an Emory faculty representative as Co-Director and principal faculty for the College on Medical Physics conducted at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy.
This is the class photograph of the recent College on Medical Physics with Dr. Sprawls standing first on the back row:
The attendees are radiological scientists and related professionals from about 40 different Developing Countries. In his sessions with them, Dr. Sprawls concentrates on enhancing their role as educators when they return to their home countries and institutions. Topics he covers include contemporary medical imaging science and technology along with faculty development activities, with presentations on the development of effective educational programs and classes.
This is a collaborative effort with the Sprawls Educational Foundation that provides each participant with textbooks and a comprehensive collection of resources to enhance his or her teaching activities.
It is through this combination of initiatives that the experience and resources developed within a 45-year tenure on the Emory Campus is being used by one Emeritus Professor to enhance education on a global basis.
Herbert W. Benario
Professor of Classics, Emeritus
Member Herb Benario recently published an article
"Troilus and Cressida and Tacitus" in Amphora, a publication of The Society for Classical Studies, formerly the American Philological Association. He also published a book review of A.J. Woodman's Tacitus, Agricola in the Classical Journal's on-line reviews. He has another review that will appear in November, of Gilbert Highet, The Classical Tradition.
Herb is one of our really dedicated OLLI teachers, and he taught a class on Berlin in OLLI's course on Eight Great Cities. In addition to those activities he also spent, as he says, a short fortnight in Germany along the Rhine from Mainz to Düsseldorf. EUEC member John Bugge also gave a lecture in the same OLLI course, lecturing on Edinburgh.
Ronald D. Nadler, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Yerkes National Primate Research Center
A huge topiary across the street from the Shaheed Minar, Kolkata, India.
EUEC Member Ron Nadler and his wife, Elizabeth, spent considerable time traveling in India and Myanmar in 2013. Ron is an avid photographer and is still compiling a series of photo essays about his trip. He is searching for a way to make those photo essays available to others (if you have any advice, he would appreciate it), but in the meantime he would be willing to share his essays with others who are interested.Click here to return to top
Publication: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Date: Oct 22, 2015; Section: Obituaries;
JAMES W. FOWLER III, 75
Educator leaves legacy of leadership at Emory.
By C.G. Freightman For the AJC
As an educator, ethicist and theologian, James W. Fowler III gained international renown for his trailblazing work on faith development and practical theology. He also was admired for his humility, generous spirit and for helping others to find their purpose in life.
During his nearly 30-year tenure at Emory University, Fowler inspired colleagues and students as the Howard Candler professor of theology and human development and as director of Emory's Center for Ethics and Center for Research on Faith and Moral Development.
"Jim was a marvelous faculty member and world-renowned scholar who embodied the faith he studied, explained and discussed," said former Emory president and Candler
School of Theology dean James T. Laney. "He was a man of great faith, loyalty and was an inspiration to us all as a scholar, a faculty member and a friend."
Fowler of Decatur died Oct. 16 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 75. His funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church
on the Emory campus, followed by a reception in the church fellowship hall.
Born on Oct. 12, 1940, in Reidsville, N.C., Fowler developed a lifelong love for the western North Carolina mountains early on. His parents' religious beliefs also were a big
influence on his life. His father was a Methodist minister. His mother grew up a Quaker, who instilled the religion's principles of social justice.
After graduating from Duke University and the Drew Theological Seminary, Fowler received his doctorate in religion and society from Harvard University in 1971.
From 1969 to 1975, Fowler taught at Harvard Divinity School, followed by a yearlong teaching stint at Boston College before joining the faculty at Emory's Candler School in
1977. He also was an ordained elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.
While at Emory, Fowler helped found the Center for Ethics in 1994 and served as its first director until his retirement in 2005. His legacy of programs, scholarship and
inclusive leadership at the ethics center continues to inspire generations of scholars, friends and former colleagues said.
"I continue to meet people who studied under him and were influenced by his work," said his brother-in-law and former college roommate Lawrence McCleskey, a retired
United Methodist bishop. "He was optimistic and hopeful about life and the world and human potential. He believed people could make a positive difference in the world."
A prolific author, Fowler is best known for his groundbreaking book "Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning," which has become
a staple text in theology schools around the world. Now translated into German, Korean and Portuguese, the book outlines six stages of faith development that people
experience from infancy to maturity.
As a mentor and ethicist, Fowler also set an example of empathy and kindness and helped many others find their calling, friends said. "What Jim cared most about was creating a world in which everyone could find purposes for their lives that are part of the purposes of God," said Andy Fleming, a former Fowler student and colleague at the Center for Ethics. "How people search for meaning in their lives changes over the course of their lives. His work integrated insights into human development, vocation and spirituality."
In 1994, Fowler received the Oskar Pfister Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the William James Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological
A music lover who played trumpet and sang tenor, Fowler enjoyed singing, spending time with his family and horseback riding near his childhood home in the Smoky
"We married young. Life presented us with challenges, opportunities and many, many gifts of joy," said his wife Lurline Fowler. "I am deeply grateful for our 53 years together."
In addition to his wife, Fowler is survived by his daughters Joan Smythie Fowler Ray of Tucker and Margaret Lesesne Adams of Decatur; sisters Margaret Fowler McCleskey
and Nina Elizabeth Fowler of Waynesville, N.C.; and four grandchildren.
to read more about Jim and the Emory memorial service planned for him.
Walking the campus with Dianne
Did you recognize any of the interesting places to sit on our beautiful campus?
Answers: Top left - This lovely bench is located along the walkway near Glenn Memorial. I'm sure there is a story behind it, but I'm unaware, so if you can enlighten me, please do; Top right - No, it's not a grave marker! It's a Gravity Monument located in the wooded courtyard in back of the Math & Science Center. For more information on the monument please follow this link -- http://www.emoryhistory.emory.edu/facts-figures/places/landmarks/gravity.html
; Bottom left - This whimsical chair is also located in the courtyard behind the Math & Science Center. I think it may have been an art project, but I could be wrong. If anyone knows anything about it, please educate me!; Bottom right -- This modern bench can also be used to send secret messages! One person puts their ear next to one of the openings while the other whispers or speaks softly in the other opening. I've been told it works well and doesn't allow others nearby to hear the conversation, but I've never tried it personally. This bench is located in the courtyard/walkway area near the Anthropology Building.
For our next photo, let's go indoors and see something extraordinary..... In my opinion, this is one of the most impressive pieces of art on campus (hint: it's not in the museum). I'll reveal it in its entirety in our next newsletter.
Where will you find this on Emory's campus?
Emory University Emeritus College
The Luce Center
825 Houston Mill Road NE #206
Atlanta, GA 30329