Makers of History

Biographical information is current as of 2011.

Emory's Makers of History, identified as part of Emory's 175th anniversary celebrations in 2011, are defined as men and women who have demonstrated some combination of these attributes to an exceptional and memorable degree:

  • Ethical engagement and adherence to a moral path
  • Courageous leadership in behalf of the greater community or environment
  • A legacy of imparting knowledge to others or of seeking new wisdom that has had a broader positive impact
  • Significant contributions to the life of Emory through continual involvement with the university or by making Emory better known nationally and abroad

Learn more about individuals listed by clicking on their names. 

The Makers of History are presented here in categories four periods of Emory's history:

  • 1836 - 1914: Founding of Emory College to Founding of the Candler School of Theology
  • 1915 - 1947: Chartering of Emory University to End of the Pre-Research University
  • 1948 - 1978: Granting of Emory's First PhD degree to Pre-Woodruff Gift
  • 1979 - 2001: Woodruff Gift to Emory's 175th Anniversary
Young John Allen 1858C Missionary to China; Translator; Educator
Tommie Dora Barker 1909G 1930H Founding Dean of Library School
Alben W. Barkley 1900C 1949H 35th Vice President of the United States
Catherine "Miss Kitty" Andrew Boyd Enslaved African American
Marion Luther Brittain 1886C 1928H President of Georgia Tech
F. Phinizy Calhoun Sr. 1904M 1954H Ophthalmology Pioneer; School of Medicine Faculty Member
Asa Griggs Candler Founder, The Coca-Cola Company; Philanthropist; Emory Board Chair
Charles Howard Candler Sr. 1898C 1942H President, The Coca-Cola Company; Emory Board Chair
Warren Akin Candler 1875C 1935H President and later Chancellor of Emory; Methodist Bishop
Dooley 1899C | Additional degrees Spirit of Emory; 'Sui Generis'
John Emory Methodist Bishop
Ignatius Alphonso Few Founding President, Emory College
Luther Fischer 1899M Co-founder, Crawford Long Hospital (now Emory University Hospital Midtown)
Atticus Greene Haygood 1859C 1870H President of Emory College
Isaac Stiles Hopkins 1858C 1883H President of Emory; First President of Georgia Tech
L.Q.C. Lamar 1845C U.S. Senator; U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice
Dumas Malone 1910C 1936H Jefferson Biographer; Pulitzer Prize Winner
Kemp Malone 1907C 1936H Medievalist
Arthur J. Moore 14C 1934H Methodist Bishop
Howard W. Odum 1904C 1931H Sociologist
Thomas M. Rivers 1909C 1936H Father of Modern Virology
Goodrich C. White 1908C 1965H President, Emory University
George L.P. Wren 1859C Emory Diarist
Yun Ch'i-Ho 1893C 1908G First International Student; Author of Korean National Anthem
Woolford B. Baker 1920G Biology Professor; Early Emory Environmentalist
Jack Boozer 1940C 1942T Professor of Religion
Henry L. Bowden 1932C 1934L 1959H Attorney; Board Chair during Desegregation
Ralph 1940B & Russell Bridges 1933B Emory Athletes and Creators of Bridges Award
Henry Morton Bullock 1924C 1925T Historian of Emory
Patricia Collins Butler 1931L Attorney; Founder of the Supreme Court Historical Society
Ely R. Callaway Jr. 1940C 1996H Entrepreneur
James V. Carmichael 1933C 1934L Attorney; Businessman
Grady E. Clay 1938C 1986H Journalist; Writer
John B. Cobb Jr. 1943Ox 1956H Theologian
Ernest Cadman Colwell 1923C 1927T 1944H President, University of Chicago; Founding Director, Emory's Institute of Liberal Arts
George S. Craft 1931C 1974H Dean of Business School
R. Howard Dobbs Jr. 1927C 1976H Atlanta Businessman; Emory Trustee; Philanthropist
Earl Dolive Sr. 1940B Businessman
James Dombrowski 1923C Civil Rights Activist
Virgil Y.C. Eady 1936G Dean, Oxford College
Arthur Hollis Edens 1928C 1938G 1949H President, Duke University
Cherry L. Emerson 1938C 1939G 1994H Chemist; Philanthropist
Neal Bond Fleming 1933C 1936T Dean, Oxford College
Eléonore Raoul Greene 1920L 1979H First Woman to Enroll at Emory
John A. Griffin 1935C 1938G 1993H Civil Rights Activist
Moses Hadas 1922C 1956H Scholar of the Classics
Max R. Hall 1932C 1995H Author; Editor at Harvard University Press
Louis R. Harlan 1943C 1986H Pulitzer Prize Winner
William Earnest "Ernie" Harwell 1940C Legendary Sportscaster
Edith Folsom Honeycutt 1939N Nurse Leader
Ben F. Johnson Jr. 1936C 1940L 2005H Dean of Law School during Desegregation
Boisfeuillet Jones 1934C 1937L 1982H Emory Administrator; Developed The Emory Clinic
Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones 1929L Only Winner of Grand Slam in Golf
Howard R. Lamar 1945C 1975H Historian; President, Yale University
Charles T. Lester 1931Ox 1933C 1934G Chemistry Faculty Member; Dean
R. Bruce Logue 1934C 1937M Pioneering Cardiologist
James A. Mackay 1940C 1947L 1986H Congressman; Environmentalist
H. Prentice Miller 1927C 1928G Dean of Alumni
Mary Lynn Morgan 1943D Pediatric Dentist; Trustee; Supporter of the Arts
Arnall Patz 1943C 1945M 1985H Ophthalmology Researcher
David M. Potter 1932C 1957H Historian; Pulitzer Prize Winner
J. Marvin Rast 1918C 1929T Author of Alma Mater Lyrics
E. Hebert Rece 1925G Dean of Students
Ferrol Sams 1945M 1990H Physician; Novelist
Thomas Fort Sellers 1932M 1960H Director, Georgia Department of Public Health
Edward J. Shea 1944G Swim Coach
Henry King Stanford 1936C 1940G 1961H President of Five Colleges & Universities
Eugene A. Stead Jr. 1928C 1932M 1968H Founder, Duke University Physician Assistant Program
Kiyoshi Tanimoto 1940T 1986H Theologian; Founder, Hiroshima Peace Center Foundation
Randolph W. Thrower 1934C 1936L 1984H Tax Lawyer; IRS Commissioner
J. Pollard Turman 1934C 1935L 1973H Atlanta Business Executive; Trustee
Judson C. "Jake" Ward 1933C 1936G Dean; Vice President; Alumni Leader
Emory Williams 1932C CEO, Sears, Roebuck, and Co.
C. Vann Woodward 1930C 1963H Historian; Pulitzer Prize Winner
Terrence B. Adamson 1968C 1973L Executive Vice President, National Geographic Society
Anthony A. Alaimo 1948L Federal Judge; Reformer
Delores P. Aldridge First Full-Time African American Faculty Member in Emory College
Thomas J. J. Altizer Theologian; Proponent of "the death-of-God movement"
Marvin S. Arrington 1967L One of First Two African-American Law Graduates
W. Daniel Barker 1949B Director of Hospitals
Verdelle Bellamy 1963N One of First Two African American Graduates
Sanford D. Bishop Jr. 1971L Congressman
Dorothy E. Brinsfield 1952MR 1964G Dean of Students, School of Medicine
Thomas E. Bryant 1958C 1962M 1963MR Doctor; Attorney; Mental Health Advocate
M. Lanier "Sonny" Carter 1969C 1973M 1974MR Astronaut
Joseph Maxwell "Max" Cleland 1968G 1979H U.S. Senator; Administrator of U.S. Veterans Affairs
Kenneth Cole 1976C Fashion Designer; Social Activist
Clarence Cooper 1967L One of First Two African-American Law Students
Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans First Female Emory Trustee
Austin M. Ford 1950C Priest; Founder, Emmaus House
Ada Fort Dean, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Billy E. Frye 1954G 1956PhD Provost, later Interim President of Emory University
Elizabeth Gambrell 1931G 1946M 1949MR First Female Student in the School of Medicine
James R. Gavin 1970G Physician; Expert on Diabetes
Newt Gingrich 1965C Speaker of U.S. House
Han Wan-Sang 1964G 1967PhD 1999H Korean Educator; Political Activist
Virginia Bales Harris 1971C 1977PH Public Health Advocate
Charles R. Hatcher Jr. Cardiovascular Pioneer at Emory
Susan T. Henry-Crowe 1976T First Female President of the United Methodist Church's Judicial Council
Hamilton Holmes 1967M 1976MR First African American to Attend the School of Medicine
J. Willis Hurst 30-year Chair of Medicine; Author of 'The Heart'
L. Bevel Jones III 1946C 1949T 1997H Methodist Bishop
William N. Kelley 1960C 1963M Medical Researcher; Leader in Academic Medicine
William M. Kelso 1971PhD Archaeologist
Nelia J. 1974T & R. Calvin Kimbrough 1975T Humanitarians
Alan Lacy 1977B CEO, Sears
A. Venable Lawson 1950G Library Science Division Director
Lee Hong-Koo 1957Ox 1959C 1986H Prime Minister of South Korea
Elliott H. Levitas 1952C 1956L Rhodes Scholar; Congressman
Francis A. "Frank" Manley 1952C Poet; Novelist; Playwright
Henry A. Mann 1962Ox 1964C Architect
Kamal A. Mansour 1968MR Cardiothoracic Surgeon; Humanitarian
Charles H. "Pete" McTier 1961B President, Robert W. Woodruff Foundation
Sam Nunn 1961L 1962L 1981H U.S. Senator
Mary Margaret Oliver 1972L Legislator; Child Advocacy Leader
George H. Page 1957C 1990H Host, PBS 'Nature'
Evangeline T. Papageorge 1929G 1937M(H) 1968M 1971M 1975M First Female Faculty Member in the School of Medicine
W. Clyde "Doc" Partin Sr. 1950G 1951G Director, Emory Athletics; Sports Historian
Alicia Philipp 1975C President, Community Foundation for a Greater Atlanta
Catherine E. Rudder 1969C First Female Executive Director of the American Political Science Association
Allie Saxon 1963N One of First Two African American Graduates
Donna Keesler Schwartz 1962C Philanthropist; Supporter of Arts at Emory
Claude F. Sitton 1947Ox 1949C 1984H Journalist; Pulitzer Prize Winner
Jane E. Smith 1970G President & CEO, National Council of Negro Women
John W. Stephenson 1970C President, J. Bulow Campbell Foundation
Betty Marie Stewart 1952N First Woman President, Emory Alumni Association
Barbara Brown Taylor 1973C Priest; Preacher; Author
James Turpin 1949C 1951T 1955M Founder, Project Concern International
H. Kenneth Walker 1956Ox 1958C 1963M 1970MR Doctor; Established First Pediatric Emergency Room in Republic of Georgia
James M. Wall 1949C 1955T 1985H Editor, 'The Christian Century'
Dwight "Ronnie" Weathers 1960C 1962D 1966D 1966DR Dean, School of Dentistry
Nanette K. Wenger 1959MR Chief of Cardiology, Grady Memorial Hospital
James B. Williams 1955C 1904H CEO, SunTrust Banks
Asa Yancey First African American Doctor at Grady Memorial Hospital
Zain Ahmed 1908C Founder of Global Health, Education and Economic Development, Inc.
Thurbert E. Baker 1979L Georgia Attorney General
Michael C. 1989H and Thalia N. Carlos Business Leader; Philanthropists
Jimmy Carter 1979H 39th President of the United States
Katherine Anne Castor 1988C Congresswoman
Saralyn Chesnut 1994PhD First full-time director of Office of LGBT Life
Dan Costa 2001B; David Roemer 2002B; Ajay Pillarisetti 2003B 2007PH; and Vijay Makar 2002B Founders, Campus MovieFest
John Lloyd Cromartie 1964C 1988T Attorney; Minister
Ali P. Crown 1985C Founding Director, Center for Women at Emory
Harrison Dillon 1993C & Jonathan Wolfson 1993C Founders, Solazyme
Julia Voorhees Emmons 1973G 1984PhD Executive Director, Atlanta Track Club
William H. Foege 1986H Director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Executive Director, The Carter Center
William H. Fox 1979PhD Dean, Campus Life
Erik A. Fyfe 2006C Developer of Emory's Biofuel Program
Eugene J. Gangarosa Global Health Faculty Member
Debbie Genzer 1982C & Wendy Rosenberg Nadel 1982C Founders, Volunteer Emory
Roberto C. Goizueta 1990H CEO, The Coca-Cola Company; Philanthropist
Vladimer "Lado" Gurgenidze 1993B Investment Banker; Prime Minister of Republic of Georgia
Beverly Guy-Sheftall 1984PhD Professor, Spelman College
Bill Haslam 1980C 49th Governor of Tennessee
Charles C. Haynes III 1971C 1985PhD Civil Rights Activist
Twilla Haynes 1980N Humanitarian; Nurse
Arthur L. Kellermann 1980M Founding Chairman of Department of Emergency Medicine
Arthur B. Keys 1992T Founder of International Relief and Development
James T. Laney 1994H President, Emory University; U.S. Ambassador
Christian P. Larsen 1980C 1984M 1991MR Head of Transplant Program; Chair of Surgery
Dennis Liotta, Ray Schinazi & Woo-Baeg Choi Inventors of Emtriva, AIDS Medication
Deborah E. Lipstadt Historian of the Holocaust
Michael L. Lomax 1984G CEO, the United Negro College Fund
Patricia A. Lottier 1984PH CEO, 'Atlanta Tribune'
Renelda Mack 1983C Founder, Emory Cares
Duncan L. Niederauer 1985B CEO, NYSE Euronext
James B. O'Neal 1977Ox 1979C Attorney; Founder, Legal Outreach
Thomas Glenn Pelham & Melissa Maxcy Wade 1972C 1976G 1996T 2000T Successive Barkley Forum Leaders
Amy Ray 1986C and Emily Saliers 1985C Indigo Girls
O. Wayne 1986H and Grace Crum Rollins 1995H Philanthropists
Kai Ryssdal 1985C Host, NPR's 'Marketplace'
Leah Ward Sears 1980L Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice
Elizabeth Sholtys 2007C Founder, Ashraya Initiatve for Children
Alvin M. Sugarman 1960B 1988PhD Rabbi; Community Activist
Isam Vaid 1993Ox 1995C 1999PH Founder, Muslim Student Association
William Warren IV 1979M 1982MR Founder, Good Samaritan Health Center
Paula Greenfield Washington 1995PhD President, the Womentor Group
George W. Woodruff 1980H Philanthropist
Nell Hodgson Woodruff Philanthropist
Robert W. Woodruff 1912C 1979H CEO, The Coca-Cola Company; Philanthropist