Life after Retirement

After dedicating many years to Emory University, retired Emeritus College members are engaged in meaningful, interesting, and purposeful activities. This page highlights some of their recent endeavors and awards received.

March 2022

Nanette Wenger, professor of medicine emerita, was acknowledged for her numerous contributions with a gift from a former patient of an endowed professorship for the Dr. Nanette K. Wenger Distinguished Professorship Women’s Heart Health Research.

Helen O’Shea, professor of nursing emerita, gave an online presentation for the Valdosta State University Retirees Association on “Pre-Retirement Mentoring.” 

February 2022

W. Virgil Brown, Charles Howard Candler Professor Emeritus of Medicine, at the request of the International Atherosclerosis Society, has developed a series of fourteen 30-minute videos that discuss the residual risks of disability or death from heart disease or stroke.

Walter J. Curran Jr., radiation oncology professor emeritus, was featured in the Atlanta magazine’s “Atlanta’s Most Powerful Leaders in Education and Healthcare” for 2022

Rosemary Magee, senior faculty fellow, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, will receive the Distinguished Emerita Award from the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy from Florida State University, her alma mater.

Jagdish Sheth, Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing, was featured in the Atlanta magazine’s “Atlanta’s Most Powerful Leaders in Education and Healthcare” for 2022. 

January 2022

Kenneth L. Brigham published a memoir, Free Dancing: Random Stories from an Accidental Life.

Ron Gould, Goodrich C. White Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, gave an online talk, “On the Saturation Spectrum of Odd Cycles,” as part of the Series on Exploring Combinatorics and Number Theory IV Conference at Cedar Crest College.
Corinne Kratz, professor emerita of anthropology, co-edited a piece for an issue of the Journal of African Cinemas titled “The Filmic and the Photographic.”
Ron Schuchard, professor emeritus of English, was notified that the eight-volume Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The Critical Edition, which he edited, was selected as one of the best scholarly books by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Nanette Wenger, professor emerita of medicine received the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding achievement in the field of cardiovascular disease at the 71st Annual Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology in Washington D.C. She will also receive the WHF Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize her contribution to the World Heart Federation and the entire cardiovascular disease community over the entirety of her illustrious career at the World Heart Summit in Geneva Switzerland in May 2022.

December 2021

Russell Richey, dean emeritus of Candler School of Theology recently published a book titled A Church’s Broken Heart: Mason-Dixon Methodism.

November 2021

William A. Brown, senior lecturer emeritus of film and media studies, will exhibit one or more of his paintings created by using a computer to randomly mix photographic images that were then rendered by painting robots at Atlanta’s 378 Gallery in March 2022.

Brenda Bynum, senior lecturer emerita, Department of Theater Studies, starred in the film Jordon Is So Chilly: An Encounter with Lillian Smith by Hal Jacobs.

Helen O’Shea, professor emerita of nursing, presented a session at the GA-Hero (Georgia Association of Higher Education Retiree Organizations) meeting describing the Emeritus College Pre-retirement Mentoring Program.

October 2021

Corrine Kratz, professor emerita of anthropology and African studies, received the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award/Distinguished Service Award from the Council for Museum Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association.

Pat Marsteller, professor of practice emerita in biology, received the team William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science from the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement.

Perry Sprawls Jr., professor emeritus of radiology, who used personal finances to fund the Sprawls Educational Foundation, which connects with and distributes educational resources at no cost to medical physicists anywhere in the world, was mentioned in the article “Actions beyond the Call of Duty” published by the International Organization for Medical Physics.

Gretchen Schulz, professor emerita of English, Oxford College, served as program co-chair for the  Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE) virtual conference. 

Dale Strasser, associate professor of rehabilitation medicine, who recently retired, was honored with a proclamation for “Dr. Dale Strasser Day” from US Rep. Hank Johnson, a letter of appreciation from US Senator Raphael Warnock, and many words of appreciation from patients and members of the Atlanta Post-Polio Association.

September 2021

Ron Gould, Goodrich C. White Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, presented a seminar titled “Applications of Mathematics to Games and Puzzles” at an undergraduate colloquium in mathematics at Illinois State University.