Portrait of a Loyal Volunteer: Meet Lt. Col. Nesbit "Neb" Shearouse II 52Ox 54C

Emory loyalty is something to be proud of for Lt. Col. Nesbit Shearouse II 52Ox 54C, dedicated volunteer and great friend.

By Kate Naylor

Lt. Col. Nesbit Shearouse II 52Ox 54C and his wife Ann.

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Sometimes the relationships built in college last a lifetime, and that isn’t just true of the people we meet. Lt. Col. Nesbit Shearouse II 52Ox 54C, called Neb by his friends, has just that sort of relationship with Emory University.

In the years since his graduation, his life has taken him down many fascinating roads, from his career as a Master Navigator with the United States Air Force to his time and eventual retirement from SunTrust Bank, where he was a vice president. After retirement Neb began volunteering all over Atlanta, helping out in roles ranging from Panda Interpreter at Zoo Atlanta to Greeter at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and from acting as the captain of his pledge drive group with Georgia Public Broadcasting to chairing committees at his church, Chamblee First United Methodist. In many cases, he volunteered alongside his wife Ann, who still accompanies him whenever possible.

One of his longest running commitments has been the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University, where he has been volunteering regularly for the last fifteen years. Even there, Neb’s roles have remained diverse, fulfilling needs and closing gaps wherever his help has been most needed. Early on, he assisted with admissions at the information desk, but he has also played the role of membership representative at events both on campus and off, ushered concert programs, and assisted the Education department. During most weeks, he works with the Membership department to complete their weekly mailings and finish miscellaneous office tasks.

When asked about Neb’s impact on the Carlos Museum, Gail Habif, Senior Director of Development for the Michael C. Carlos Museum, said “Neb has been an invaluable part of our development office and educational program teams for the last 15 years. He has been willing to serve in a range of volunteer roles that have proven extremely important to our day-to-day operations. His ongoing commitment to helping us at the museum is but one example of how Neb has chosen to give back in a meaningful way during his retirement. We are so grateful!"

As for Neb, he couldn’t be happier with his friends at the Carlos or his time volunteering there – he believes it’s a first-rate museum and he’s “proud to be affiliated with it!”

Editor’s Note: Kate Naylor is the membership program coordinator at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory. If you’d like to get involved and support the museum’s initiatives, learn more here.

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