A gift to honor Emory

In the story of Ginger Hicks Smith's 77C 82G life, one main setting—Emory University—has been consistent through many chapters.

"I tell people that my parents unloaded me at Harris Hall on Clifton Road and I've never left," she says of her first day at Emory.

It was during her undergraduate years that she discovered her career path. Professors at Emory required her to draw on primary sources—authentic stories from the people at the source—allowing her to draw independent, unique conclusions of her own.

She decided to pursue library science and was accepted to Emory's graduate program. Smith got her first job at Emory Libraries after graduating from Emory College in 1977 and over the years has worked as university archivist and served as interim director of the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL). She earned her master's degree from Emory in 1982 and now is director of external affairs for Woodruff Library. Since 2009, she has also acted as co-chair of MyEmory, Emory University’s annual employee giving program.

To honor the place that has given her so much, she and her husband, Miles Smith, have made a bequest to support MARBL. "It's where you go to get to the heart of the matter," she says.