175 Makers of History: O. Wayne and Grace Crum Rollins

O. Wayne 86H and Grace Crum 95H Rollins
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O. Wayne and Grace Crum Rollins

It is nearly impossible to signal the importance of the Rollins family to Emory. Although he never went to college, Wayne Rollins founded one of the world's largest service companies and became one of the country's richest men.

After substantial gifts to the Candler School of Theology, he saw Emory's School of Public Health as a vehicle for reaching out to underserved communities, and his support helped build what is now the Rollins School of Public Health.

Grace Rollins continued Wayne's good works following his death in 1991. In all, five generations of Rollinses have relationships with Emory. The Claudia Nance Rollins Building -- named for Wayne's mother and home to the departments of global health, epidemiology, and environmental health -- opened in 2010.