2018 Jake's Golden Heart Winner Announced

Dr. Richard J. Bagby 62C 66M 67MR 72MR will accept the 2018 Jake's Golden Heart Award at a ceremony during May's Commencement activities.

By Elizabeth Cobb Durel

Dr. Richard J. Bagby 62C 66M67MR 72MR

Dr. Richard Bagby graduated from Emory College in 1962 and went on to earn his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in 1966. For the better part of the next decade, Bagby continued his education through internships and fellowships touching on medical journalism, pathology, psychiatry, and imaging, including service with the United States Air Force as a flight surgeon and chief. After settling on radiology as his specialty, Dr. Bagby enjoyed a successful career in diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine for more than 40 years.

Bagby’s commitment to leadership and service has been a key component from his earliest days on the Emory campus, serving as president of Sigma Chi and earning a place in several honor societies, including Eta Sigma Psi, the student leadership honor society. Since Bagby’s official departure from campus, he has nevertheless remained a committed leader at Emory, most recently as trustee emeritus after serving on the Board of Trustees for many years. In more than four decades of service, Bagby has served as president of the Board of Governors, on the Board of Visitors, led reunion committees, and has been integral to the alumni chapter of Central Florida. He’s led through philanthropic support, most notably by establishing the endowed Dr. Richard J. Bagby Medical Scholarship, to award deserving medical students.

Dr. Bagby resides in the Orlando area and remains deeply involved in his home community.  He has served in executive positions at the Florida Medical Foundation, the Florida Medical Association, and the Florida Radiological Society, while advising the Florida legislature on medical issues. He is the recipient of the Emory Medical School Award of Honor, the Gold Medal from the Florida Radiological Society, and been named a Significant Sigma Chi.


About Jake's Golden Heart Award

Former Dean of Alumni Judson "Jake" Ward had a heart of gold. Established in 2010, the Judson C. Ward Golden Heart Award is given to alumni who possess some of Ward's attributes:

  • A generous spirit and willingness to serve others
  • Unsurpassed loyalty to Emory
  • Exceptional, yet humble, contributions of time and service to Emory and the community—either behind the scenes or front and center

If you know a golden-hearted alumnus/a who fits the description above, we want to know. You may complete an online nomination form at engage.emory.edu/alumniawards.

Please note that nominees must also meet the following criteria:

  • Be an inducted, living member of Corpus Cordis Aureum (graduated 50+ years ago from any of Emory's schools) or a non-inducted alumna/us who is eligible for Corpus Cordis Aureum
  • Ability to attend or send a representative to attend the award ceremony

Corpus Cordis Aureum

Corpus Cordis Aureum, which is Latin for “the golden corps of the heart,” celebrates Emory alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago.

Two of Emory Commencement Weekend's signature events are designed especially for alumni celebrating their 50-year class reunions as well as those from earlier classes. On Commencement Sunday, Corpus Cordis Aureum inducts new members at a ceremony at the Miller-Ward Alumni House. Each new inductee will receive a specially commissioned medallion to keep and wear at all future Corpus Cordis Aureum activities. On Commencement Monday, all members of Corpus Cordis Aureum, including previous inductees, are invited to march during the university's Commencement procession. Once inducted into Corpus Cordis Aureum, members have an open invitation to return every year to welcome new members and march during Commencement.

For more information, contact Michele Obester, Emory Alumni Association, 404.712.5978 or mobeste@emory.edu.