Monday, July 9, 2007

Public-Health School at Emory Receives $50-Million Pledge

The Chronicle: :
Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health has received a $50-million pledge from a family with a long record of generosity to Emory in general and the 17-year-old school in particular. The pledge, from the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation and Grace Crum Rollins, will be used to build a public-health complex that will more than double the school’s size and enhance collaboration with academic, research, and other institutions in and around Atlanta, according to a news release issued this morning by Emory.

Money helps, and Emory seems to have lots of it, much of it (I don't know about this family*) from a local soda company done good (or, perhaps better if less idiomatically, well).

Not sure Coca-Cola is America's greatest contribution to public health--maybe one should think of this as like a high fructose carbon-credit.

[*O. Wayne Rollins was a self-made business entrepreneur and innovator. In 1964 he orchestrated the purchase of Orkin Inc., often recognized as the first leveraged buyout. With his brother, John, Mr. Rollins participated in numerous successful business ventures including radio and television stations, pest control, oil field services, truck leasing, boat manufacturing and real estate. Following his death in 1991, his sons, Randall and Gary Rollins, have continued to build the Rollins companies. Four generations of the Rollins family have been involved in philanthropy, setting a remarkable example for this generation and generations to come.]

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