Emory helps shape some of the world's biggest leaders and great thinkers. Emory Alumni Awards is a chance to recognize some of those extraordinary alumni who have made meaningful contributions within the community and on campus. This year we honored six outstanding alumni who are pioneers and steadfast Emory Eagles, and whose service to others is an inspiration to us all.

Emory Medal

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

Mary S. McCabe 72BSN

It’s fitting that in the year dubbed the Year of the Nurse, Mary S. McCabe 72BSN receives the Emory Medal. She’s forged the path in cancer survivorship care as the director of the Cancer Survivorship Program, the nation’s first survivorship initiative at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. For more than four decades, McCabe has guided patients forward to hope and healing.

Dr. Richard R. Souviron 58C 60D

Dr. Richard R. Souviron 58C 60D has done a root canal on a tiger and was the key forensic expert in the trial of Ted Bundy. But those achievements barely cover the breadth of his tenacity and persistence throughout his five decades of private practice specializing in cosmetic, reconstructive, and implant dentistry.

Turman Alumni Service Award

The J. Pollard Turman Alumni Service award goes to a recipient who demonstrates exceptional volunteer leadership. The individual has displayed extraordinary service, leadership roles, and volunteers time and expertise through service on behalf of the university.

Dirk Brown 90MBA

Dirk Brown 90MBA has a love for Emory that is boundless. He is a champion of Oxford College, has a 35-year history with the Carlos Museum that began when he served as a volunteer docent in 1986, and as previous president of the Emory Alumni Board, he has supported countless students and alumni around the world.

Community Impact Award

The Emory Alumni Association proudly recognizes the extraordinary commitment of alumni who contribute to the good of their communities. Whether through professional or volunteer service, they make significant and positive impact on the lives of others and embody the values represented in the university’s vision. 

Shaun Ingraham 00T

Shaun Ingraham 00T is a force of nature. Since 2004, he’s sponsored hundreds of nursing students in their trek to the Bahamas as they worked with island nurses and brought education to these communities. He is committed to community development and disaster relief through his organizations Island Journeys and One Eleuthera Foundation. Ingraham is a leader who has galvanized communities to rebuild, recover, and find relief.

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 goes to alumni who are generous in spirit, have unsurpassed loyalty to Emory, works front and center or behind the scenes in service to the community and Emory, and are inducted into Corpus Cordis Aureum (graduated 50+ years ago). 

Susan Cahoon 68C

In Emory’s 183 year-history of debate, Susan Cahoon 68C stands as a pillar of the program’s success. In 1967, she made history as the first Emory Debate National Champion, and since then, she’s built upon skills nurtured at Emory to become a fierce litigator and partner with Kilpatrick Townsend.

Outstanding Alumna Award

This award recognizes an alumna of Emory University who has demonstrated a strong commitment and dedication to issues that affect women in the Emory community and beyond. Created by the Center for Women at Emory, the Outstanding Alumna award is given in partnership with the Emory Alumni Association. 

Cheryl Murphy 77N

It’s hard to think of a part of Emory University that Cheryl Murphy 77N has not spread her support and generosity. She is currently the president of the Emory Nurse’s Alumni Association and leads the oldest organization at the university, the Emory University Women’s Club. She’s made being an Emory volunteer a family affair and is committed to helping students thrive at Emory University.


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