In Memory of Emeritus Faculty

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We wish to honor the memory of members of the Emory University Emeritus College who passed away during 2012. Emeritus College has some 544 listed members, 46% of whom have been actively involved with monthly events and activities and/or financially. Isha Edwards, program coordinator for the Emory University Emeritus College, provided The Post with the following information: 

Dr. Skip Elsas in April 2012. Photo by Stephen Beehler.

Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics and Biochemistry Dr. Louis J. “Skip” Elsas II has passed away. He died peacefully September 16, surrounded by family who loved him deeply. He was 75.

According to historical documents, The Stacks at Fulton Cotton Mill were built in 1881 by European immigrant Jacob Elsas, Dr. Elsas’s great grandfather. Earlier this year, Dr. Elsas said that he was, “much involved in trying to help the folks of Cabbagetown and Reynoldstown [from] 1970 to 1989” and, with other members of the Elsas family, was able to get the Aderhold family to develop the Mill Village and mill itself into what is now a unique condominium community that blends urban living with the lore and history of Atlanta’s manufacturing and railroad past.

Dr. Elsas was a faculty member for Emory School of Medicine for over 30 years, during which time he began the genetics program and made groundbreaking research discoveries in genetic diseases, trained many basic and clinical-research faculty members in genetics, and organized and led genetic societies at the national level.

Last fall, Dr. Elsas was awarded the Emeritus College’s Distinguished Emeritus Award along with three other Emeritus College members. He was dubbed an “outstanding member of [Emory’s] Emeritus faculty whose accomplishments are a major contribution to the international recognition of Emory as an excellent institute of higher learning.”  Along with his family’s impact on Atlanta’s past and present, there is Dr. Elsas’s impact on Emory’s past and present, which a small production crew captured at his residence in April.

Emeritus Professor of Chemistry H. Lawrence (Larry) Clever died on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at his home in Atlanta. He was 88.

Dr. Clever was born on June 14, 1923 in Mansfield, Ohio to Vance and Leona Clever. He received his PhD in Chemistry from Ohio State University in 1949. He was a chemistry instructor at Duke University for three years. In 1953, Dr. Clever moved to Atlanta where he became a chemistry professor at Emory University and taught for 40 years.

In addition to being an active member of the EUEC, Dr. Clever received a 2006 Distinguished Emeritus Heilbrun Fellowship. The family-placed obituary may be read here.

Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology Dr. Ronald W. Dunbar died on April 27, 2012. Dr. Dunbar was a born in Belvidere, IL. He received both his undergraduate degree and his medical degree from Northwestern University. He was recruited to Emory University School of Medicine in 1971 where he served in various roles for 40 years. During retirement, Dr. Dunbar was active in a list of in-field (medicine and anesthesiology) activities in Georgia and metro Atlanta. He was 76. The family-place obituary may be viewed online.

Dr. Freides

Professor Emeritus of Psychology Dr. David Freides passed on November 22, 2012 at the Budd Terrace nursing facility. He succumbed to pneumonia following a fall, subdural hematoma, and a long struggle with Parkinsonism. He was 83.

Dr. Freides retired from Emory University in 2007 after 41 years of service. He specialized clinical neuropsychology and the training of students in clinical settings and in neuropsychology.  

Dr. Hugh Randall Jr. passed away July 1, 2012 in Crossville, TN. He was 63. “He attended Emory at Oxford College where he began his major in theology. While at Oxford, he was called to pursue a medical degree instead,” according to the obituary in the Crossville Chronicle. “He completed an internship and residency in gynecology and obstetrics at Emory University and Affiliated Hospitals. Dr. Randall received numerous awards and honors throughout his OB/GYN career, including Distinguished Chair Emeritus at Emory University, Distinguished Service Award from Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecology Society and Outstanding Faculty Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.”

Dr. Hugh Randall Jr.

“Dr. Randall’s research focused on high-risk obstetrics. He received an impressive amount of grants for his research. Dr. Randall’s numerous research projects are published in peer-reviewed journals. He was a sought-after lecturer, seminar presenter and visiting professor,” according to his obituary.

“Dr. William Benjamin (Ben) Spearman, 74, died at home on Sunday, September 4th. Ben knew from a very young age he wanted to become a physician and after graduating from Easley High School, he attended Emory University and received his medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN He served two years as Captain in the United States Army stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany providing care to covert operatives there. He returned to Atlanta to begin practice with The Colony Medical Group at Colony Square,” according to the family-placed notice in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Dr. Spearman

The obituary points out that, “In spite of having had a heart transplant at 55, Ben continued his career working until full retirement age. He was very active in medical politics.” In addition, “He was a devoted and beloved member of the Southeastern Clinical Club, The Norfolk Southern Association of Physicians and a board member of the Beck Foundation. He was a proud member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity and was fondly remembered as ‘Fearless Leader’ or ‘Number One’ by his brothers while serving as their President.”  Read more about Dr. Spearman’s life and work.

Dr. Steinhaus

Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology Dr. John E. Steinhaus passed away on February 17, 2012 because of complications from a broken hip.

Dr. Steinhaus served as Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at the Emory University Medical School from July 1958 until 1983—finally retiring from practice in 1987. His academic career included extensive research in the pharmacology of anesthetic drugs, including lidocaine. Dr. Steinhaus played an active role in medical organizations, serving as President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Association of University Anesthetists, the Anesthesia History Association, and the Anesthesia Foundation. He would have been 95. The family-placed obituary may be viewed here:

Dr. Tuttle

Emeritus Professor of Medicine Dr. Elbert Parr Tuttle, Jr. passed away peacefully on March 18, 2012 with his family at his side. He was 90.

Dr. Tuttle was on the faculty of Emory at Grady Memorial Hospital from 1956 until he retired in 1992. He was the first Division Director of Renal Disease and became one of the longest tenured members of the Emory faculty at Grady. The family-placed obituary may be viewed online.

Dr. Gerald William Vogel, Professor Emeritus of Medicine passed away on March 27, 2012.  Dr. Richard Ward, Professor Emeritus of Medicine, recalls his colleague “was a very important researcher in the Department of Psychiatry from 1969 until his retirement in the mid-1990s. He was the founder and director of the Sleep Laboratory at the Georgia Mental Health Institute, and nationally known for his work on sleep and depression. In a fairly recent article in a sleep research journal about the ten most important articles in sleep research in the last 50 years, three of these had been written by Dr. Vogel. He was a graduate of the University of Chicago Medical School and the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, and had clinical training at the Mayo Clinic. When he came to Emory in 1969, he already had a reputation in the area of sleep research, but he added to that with a series of studies at the GMHI, supported by the National Institutes of Health, on the effects of depression on sleep, on REM states, the effects of antidepressants, etc. While Dr. Vogel may have seen some patients during his time at Emory, his research was basically full time, and his work was an ornament to the Emory Department of Psychiatry.” 

As its mission states, Emory University Emeritus College’s purposes are achieved through discussion, lectures, service projects, support for ongoing research, and recognition of the achievements of its members.

For more information, please contact Isha Edwards at

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