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    Dr. Blair E. Batson, BA’41, MD’44, Role Model for Child Health Care

    Photo courtesy of University of Mississippi Medical Center Dr. Blair E. Batson, the first chair of pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, died Nov. 26, 2018. He was 98. Dr. LouAnn Woodward, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of… Read More

    Feb. 19, 2019

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    Transforming Community: Nyree Ramsey, BS’97, MEd’00, and Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, BS’96

    Ecclesiastes, left, and Ramsey are working together to rejuvenate and transform a long-neglected, 25-block New Orleans corridor that stands in the shadow of an elevated expressway constructed more than 50 years ago. Photo by Greg Miles When Nyree Ramsey visited New Orleans in 1995, three words came to… Read More

    Nov. 19, 2018

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    Bailey Spaulding, JD’09, Something’s Brewing

    Photo by Ashley Hylbert Shortly after graduating from law school, Bailey Spaulding got a harebrained idea: She’d open a brewery and name it the Jackalope Brewing Co., after the mythical rabbit–antelope hybrid that she believed in as a kid. Seven years after the business was launched in Nashville’s… Read More

    Nov. 19, 2018

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    A Family Legacy Inspires Students

    Natalie Vlach, BMus’18. Photo by Joe Howell As a young girl, Natalie Vlach, BMus’18, fell in love with her electronic keyboard. Unlike some childhood infatuations, however, Vlach’s passion for piano endured and deepened, leading eventually to her winning the Linde B. Wilson Scholarship at the Blair School. “Blair… Read More

    Nov. 19, 2018

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    Garrett Spiegel, BE’10, Systems-Level Thinker

    Photo by Shia Levitt Garrett Spiegel long intended to make the design of custom-fabricated orthotics and prosthetics easier and quicker, especially in parts of the world with limited medical resources and high need. His company, Standard Cyborg, which he co-founded in 2015 with Jeffrey Huber, now has a… Read More

    Nov. 19, 2018

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    Ronald Hoffman, BA’64, American History as Sacred Trust

    Ronald Hoffman, former director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and professor of history at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., died Sept. 4. He was 77. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1969 and joined the history department at… Read More

    Nov. 19, 2018

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    Jo Ann Eddy Somers, BE’67, Singular Engineer

    The only female member of the School of Engineering’s 1967 graduating class, Jo Ann Eddy Somers of Huntsville, Alabama, died July 11, 2018. She was struck by lightning while inspecting a seawall under construction in Huntsville’s Hampton Cove neighborhood and died two weeks later. Somers, 73, was a… Read More

    Nov. 19, 2018

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    James Sandlin, MDiv’69, Heart of the Arts

    James Sandlin, a former Sarratt Student Center director who worked tirelessly to expand cultural offerings on campus and to improve the quality of life in Middle Tennessee, died Sept. 19. Sandlin, 77, passed away at his home in Unionville, Tenn., after a brief illness. Sandlin, who earned… Read More

    Nov. 19, 2018

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    Virginia George, BSN’47, MS’72, Champion of the Nurse Practitioner

    Virginia Maxwell George, professor of nursing, emerita, and an early champion of nurse practitioners, died of natural causes July 26 in Nashville. She was 94. George was founding director of Vanderbilt’s Family Nurse Practitioner program, one of the first in the Southeast. A 1947 VUSN graduate, she taught… Read More

    Nov. 19, 2018

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    Colleen Conway-Welch, Nursing Legend

    Photo by Anne Rayner Colleen Conway-Welch, who during her 29 years as dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing transformed nursing education at Vanderbilt and nationally, died Oct. 12 following a battle with cancer. Linda D. Norman, current dean of the School of Nursing, knew Conway-Welch for… Read More

    Nov. 19, 2018

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    Jack Wei-chieh Lin, BA’89, Asia Pacific Asset Manager

    Jack Wei-chieh Lin is making an impact on global investors. In May he was appointed managing director and head of Asia Pacific client coverage for MSCI Inc., a leading provider of indexes and portfolio construction as well as risk-management tools and services for global investors. MSCI’s clients rely… Read More

    Nov. 19, 2018

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    NYC Vanderbilt Chapter Receives Chancellor Update

    Chancellor Zeppos (center) chats with New York-area alumni at the event. Photos by Teri Bloom Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos recently shared an update on Vanderbilt’s strategic priorities with alumni, parents and friends at a special Metro New York Vanderbilt Chapter event, highlighting the opening of E. Bronson Ingram College,… Read More

    Nov. 19, 2018

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    Vandy Fans Descend in Force on Notre Dame

    NBC and MSNBC news anchor Willie Geist, BA’97 (center) poses with fans at the tailgate. More than 5,000 Vanderbilt alumni and friends traveled from destinations around the country for an unforgettable weekend centered on the Vanderbilt vs. Notre Dame football game Sept. 15 in South Bend, Indiana. The… Read More

    Nov. 19, 2018

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    Reunion Brings Reconnection and Celebration

    Photo by Peyton Hoge Reunion 2018 is in the books! More than 5,000 alumni and guests gathered on campus Oct. 11–13 to celebrate with lifelong friends, relive cherished memories, and reconnect with their alma mater. Friday, Oct. 12, was a picture-perfect fall day on campus as the lingering… Read More

    Nov. 19, 2018

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    Your Success Promotes Vanderbilt

    There’s a tremendous pride in learning that our classmates have found success in their fields. These moments are common for Vanderbilt graduates because our fellow alumni work at the forefront of industry and innovation, and cultivate positive change. They remind the world that Vanderbilt prepares students for success… Read More

    Nov. 19, 2018

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    Mimi Franke Marziani, BA’04, Serving the Vulnerable

    It was mid-May when Mimi Franke Marziani, president of the Texas Civil Rights Project, noticed a troubling trend along the Texas–Mexico border: Central American migrants seeking asylum were being separated from their children and subsequently charged with illegal entry into the country. “We sprang into action,” says Marziani,… Read More

    Sep. 6, 2018

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    New Record Set on Third Annual Giving Day

    Students pose with Mr. Commodore at this year’s Anchor Down Day prior to Giving Day. Photo by Susan Urmy More than 7,000 members of the Vanderbilt community came together to raise nearly $6 million for the university and its students on the third annual Vanderbilt Giving Day, setting a… Read More

    Sep. 6, 2018

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    Students Lead Way in Giving Back to Vanderbilt

    Senior Class Fund Chair Claire Fogarty, BS’18, presents the Class of 2018’s record-breaking donation during Senior Day Activities May 10. Photo by Joe Howell Senior Class Fund Chair Claire Fogarty, BS’18, presented the Class of 2018’s gift to Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos as part of Senior Day activities before… Read More

    Sep. 6, 2018

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    M. Carr Payne Jr., BA’49, Growing Up Peabody

    Carr Payne Jr., Edwin Mims, Vanderbilt professor of English, and Carr Payne Sr. at the dedication of Payne Hall in 1953, with the painting of former Peabody president Bruce R. Payne behind them. Photo courtesy of Vanderbilt University Special Collections Maxwell Carr Payne Jr. of Franklin, Tenn., grandson… Read More

    Sep. 6, 2018

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    Sarah Byrn Evans Rickman, BA’58, Ferrying History

    Rickman stands with an Aeronca Champ, the plane in which she learned to fly, training on a grass runway. The single-engine Champ is very similar to the trainer airplane the WASP first learned to fly. Photo courtesy of Sarah Byrn Evans Rickman During World War II the Women Airforce… Read More

    Sep. 6, 2018