Meet the 2020 Emory Medalists

The Emory Medal is Emory’s most prestigious alumni award. Recipients must be leaders in their field, but also leaders in their local, national, and global communities. After graduating, the recipients have also continued to be involved in the Emory community.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Richard R. Souviron 58C 60D and Mary S. McCabe 72BSN are the recipients of the 2020 Emory Medal.

In the weeks leading up to the Emory Medal ceremony in March, we’ll be getting to know Souviron and McCabe and their respective work even better, but in the meantime, enjoy this overview.

Dr. Richard R. Souviron 58C 60D

Richard McCabe
Few professionals have been involved in the dental community in the way Dr. Richard R. Souviron 58C 60D has been. While serving as the key forensic expert who helped to convict serial killer Ted Bundy might stand out from Dr. Souviron’ s resume, it is but one highlight of his distinguished career. Dr. Souviron has specialized in cosmetic, reconstructive, and implant dentistry in private practice for five decades. He is a pioneer in forensic dentistry, and serves as an advisor, lecturer, and author of numerous papers on the subject. He has served as president of the Coral Gables Dental Society and was a founding member and president of the American Board of Forensic Odontology. Along with conventional and forensic dentistry, Dr. Souviron also provides dental care for the residents of the Miami-Dade Zoo.

Souviron has been a high achiever since the the days when he was the youngest person to make Eagle Scout in Dade County at age 13. And, Emory is special to Souviron. “I was so indebted to the faculty for the personal attention,” says Souviron, who also earned a full scholarship and sees his continued support for Emory as paying a personal debt. “Hopefully the students who [benefit from his scholarship funding] will give back in turn when they get out of school.” Will he ever retire? “As long as I am in good health, I’ll continue practicing,” says Souviron. “I just love what I am doing. It’s not work. It’s fun. How many guys do you know that have three careers?”

Mary S. McCabe 72BSN

Mary McCabe
Currently the director of the Cancer Survivorship Program, the nation’s first survivorship initiative as well as the Ethics Committee Chair at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mary S. McCabe 72BSN has spent her career in oncology. She launched the program, developed a nurse-led patient care model, and led the efforts to make the program the largest in the nation. During her career, McCabe has been a pioneer in survivorship care following adult onset cancers. Her papers and protocols are read and studied around the world, and her research in health protocols has been a major influence on national health care policy.

The field of medicine was a natural choice for McCabe. Her father was a physician, her mother was a nurse, and she married a doctor. When it was time for her husband’s residency, they chose Emory, not only for its excellence, but also because of its nursing school. Since she already had a four-year degree in biology, the administration set up a specific curriculum for her. “When I think about my affinity for Emory, I keep going back to the unique mentorship and focus on what were my needs and not just making me fit into the cookie cutter of what other students needed,” says McCabe.


Over the next few months, leading up to the ceremony, we will continue to feature the work of these distinguished alumni. We hope you will visit this page often to learn more about Richard Souviron and Mary McCabe and how Emory’s influence shaped their work in the community.

About Emory Medal

The Emory Medal is the highest university award given to alumni. It honors distinguished service to Emory or the Emory Alumni Association, service to the community, or outstanding professional achievement. Medalists typically are recognized for their accomplishments in at least one of the following areas:

  • Distinguished service to Emory, the association, or a constituent alumni association
  • Achievement of the highest distinction in a field of learning, the arts, the professions, or public/community service
  • Compelling reasons why it would be particularly fitting for the Emory Alumni Association to honor the nominee
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