2016 EMORY MEDAL RECIPIENTS

Perry Brickman 53C

Perry Brickman 53C has a long history of involvement in the Atlanta community. A retired oral surgeon, he was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. While attending Emory University, he met his future wife, the former Shirley Berkowitz. Brickman earned degrees from the University of Chattanooga, the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry, and the Graduate School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.

Brickman is a long-time supporter of Emory University and the pursuit of Jewish studies through volunteer service and philanthropy. To continue the legacy of intellectual exploration and historical preservation at Emory, the Brickmans established the Brickman/Levin Award to support doctoral students in the Laney Graduate School working with graduate faculty in the Jewish Studies Program. Brickman has ensured the legacy of a Greek life experience through support for the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house. In addition, the Brickmans have pledged their support to numerous faculty endeavors, including the Holocaust Denial Trial Endowment. This year, the Brickmans will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of their participation in the establishment of the Jay and Leslie Cohen Chair of Judaic Studies, still occupied by its original recipient Professor David Blumenthal.

Brickman served as a dental officer for two years in the U.S. Air Force and practiced oral surgery in the Atlanta area from 1961-2004. Brickman was a founding member and past President of the Georgia Society of Oral Surgeons. He was appointed by Governor Zell Miller to the Georgia Board of Dental Examiners, and served for seven years. He is an Honorable Fellow of the Georgia Dental Association.

At the 2012 Centennial meeting of Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity, the oldest international Jewish medical organization, Brickman was awarded the “Presidential Citation.” In 2012 Brickman organized the production of a documentary film, “From Silence to Recognition: Confronting Discrimination in Emory’s Dental School History,” which brought to light
discrimination faced by Jewish dental students between 1948-61. In 2013, Brickman was presented the first “Centennial Champion Award” at the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) 100th anniversary celebration in Palm Beach, Florida. In 2014, Brickman was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Georgia Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and received the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity’s Centennial Leadership Award. In 2015, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.

In the early 1990s, Brickman served as president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. He is a board member of the Atlanta Jewish Academy, the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Atlanta Israel Bonds, Northwest Hospital Corporation, Georgia Israel Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE), the Southeastern Region of ADL, and The Southern Jewish Historical Society.
The Brickmans are past recipients of the City Wide Israel Bonds Award and B'nai Brith Gate City Lodge Community Service Award, and were also honored by Yeshiva High School of Atlanta and Torah Day School of Atlanta.

Married for 61 years, they are proud parents of Lori Brickman, Teresa Finer (Dr. Paul) and Jeff Brickman (Susan). The Brickmans have six grandchildren: Jason, Jessica, Elena, Talia, Joseph and Anna.

Charles H. "Pete" McTier 61B

Charles H. “Pete” McTier 61B is an Emeritus Trustee of Emory University. He is past president of the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation, Lettie Pate Evans Foundation, Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, and Ichauway, Inc., each of which share a common administrative arrangement in Atlanta. McTier also served the Woodruff, Joseph B. Whitehead, Evans Foundation, and Ichauway, Inc. as a trustee. McTier was associated with these foundations for more than 44 years, beginning in 1971. He retired from the foundation boards in 2015. During his 18 years’ service as president, he led the foundations as they played active roles in many of Atlanta's major civic initiatives including creation of Centennial Olympic Park and the Chattahoochee River Greenway, establishment of The Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway, as well as advancements at the Woodruff Arts Center, Central Atlanta Progress, and the Georgia Research Alliance in addition to numerous major projects at Emory and related institutions.

A native Georgian, McTier enrolled at Emory in 1957. He was an active member and officer in Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. During his junior and senior years, McTier served as a campus policeman. Following graduation from the Business School, he was employed by the university for 10 years in health-related and general university administration positions. As an Emory
trustee, McTier has served on the Executive, Academic Affairs and Public Policy Committees, and continues to serve as a member of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center Board.

During his foundation service, McTier was active in regional and national foundation associations, having served as a chair of the Foundation Center Board of Trustees, a vice chair of the Council on Foundations Board of Directors, and a past chair and trustee of the Southeastern Council of Foundations. McTier served three terms as a commissioner of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations. He has been a member of the President's Circle of the National Academies. For five years he chaired the Sixth District Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee. Currently, McTier is a director of Coca-Cola Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V (FEMSA) and the CDC Foundation. He is a trustee of the Pediatric Center of Georgia, the Georgia Research Alliance and the Task Force for Global Health. He is a past director of AGL Resources and SunTrust Bank, Atlanta, and a past president of The Commerce Club.

He and his wife, Marcy, live in Atlanta and Lake Toxaway, North Carolina. They are longtime members of Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church and have two married children, Margaret M. Dalbey and Charles H. McTier Jr., and a grandson Jack McTier.

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