In Memorium: Ricardo Gutierrez-Mouat


Ricardo Gutierrez-Mouat, Professor of Spanish & Portuguese and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, passed away on September 18th from an aggressive cancer which had only recently been diagnosed.   A prominent scholar of Latin American Literature and Culture and a beloved teacher and mentor, Ricardo has been a member of our faculty since 1978.  A memorial celebration of Ricardo’s life and work will be held on our campus, and additional information will be sent along when it becomes available.

In Memorium: George Armelagos, Anthropology


George Armelagos, Goodrich C. White Professor of Anthropology, died on May 15 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer less than a week earlier. Information about a memorial service in September will be forthcoming.

In lieu of flowers, Dr. Armelagos requested that contributions be designated to his two endowments – the Armelagos – Brown Bio-Cultural Lecture and the Armelagos Graduate Teaching Award.  Contributions can be sent to the Department of Anthropology, 1557 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322.

Emory News Center obituary

Atlanta Journal-Constitution obituary

Wikipedia entry on George Armelagos

In Memorium: Randy Strahan

From Dean Robin Forman to the Faculty and Staff of Emory College:
strahanI write with very sad news.  Randy Strahan, Professor of Political Science, passed away last night from complications related to cancer.  Randy began his career at Emory in 1985, just as he was finishing his doctorate from the University of Virginia.  His research covered a wide range of questions about American Politics and the workings of the U.S. Congress, ranging from the politics of the slave issue in the pre-Civil War U.S. to the role of partisanship in contemporary political dynamics.  More recently, he had been working on projects related to the methodological foundations of Tocqueville’s political thought. Randy was a devoted, effective, and highly decorated teacher, and had received both the Crystal Apple for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award.  Many of you outside of Political Science will know Randy as a generous colleague from his work as the chair of the faculty life course committee for the University Faculty Council, his time as a fellow at the Fox Center, or his role as the coordinator of the voluntary core program.  I first met him in his role as Faculty Counselor to the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees, where I witnessed his forceful and effective advocacy for Emory College in particular, and the liberal arts more generally. We will miss him a great deal.

A memorial service for Randy Strahan will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 20th, at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA 30307.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Emory College’s Voluntary Core Program (link to the donation page).  A service on the Emory campus will be held at a future date. Reflections of Randy to be included in a bound volume to be given to Annie Strahan may be submitted to or to the dropbox created for this purpose.

See Emory NewsCenter article



In Memorium: Philippe Bonnefis (French)

from the Department of French and Italian

We announce the very sad news that Philippe Bonnefis, Asa G. Candler Professor of French, passed away on Sunday, May 5th, 2013 in Lillle, France. The Deparment has been especially blessed that Philippe made Emory his home for the last two decades. A beloved and gifted teacher, he trained over thirty graduate students in French, many of whom have gone on to have illustrious academic careers.  Author of more than fifteen books on modern French writers and artists (Céline, Maupassant, Flaubert, Quignard, Michaux, Adami, and Baudelaire), Philippe was known for his vast erudition and his incomparable intellectual elegance.  His inimitable and unforgettable voice has touched us all.  We will miss him terribly.  A memorial celebration will be held early in the fall, and details will be posted here as soon as they are available.

Philippe Bonnefis was the author of Comme Maupassant (1981); Jules Vallès. Du bon usage de la lame et de l’aiguille (1983); L’Innommable. Essai sur l’oeuvre d’Emile Zola (1984); Mesures de l’ombre. Baudelaire, Flaubert, Verne, Laforgue(1987); Dan Yack: Blaise Cendrars phonographe (1991); Céline. Le Rappel des oiseaux (1992); Parfums: Son nom de Bel-Ami (1995); Giono: Le petit pan de mur bleu (1999); Pascal Quignard. Son nom seul (2001); Métro Flaubert (2003); Le cabinet du docteur Michaux (2004); Sept portraits perfectionnés de Guy de Maupassant (2005); Maupassant. Sur des galets d’Etretat (2007); Sur quelques propriétés des triangles rectangles (2008). Editor of numerous books on Laforgue, Maupassant, Zola, and Vallès; Co-director of La Revue des Sciences Humaines and director of the book series Objet, published by the University Press of Lille.

Honoring Prof. Richard Long

On January 3, 2013, Atticus Haygood Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies Emeritus, Richard A. Long passed away. The celebrated author, lecturer, and cultural historian was a Philadelphia native who penned numerous books, taught around the world, and was named a life member of the of the High Museum’s Board of Directors.

Dr. Long received his bachelor’s and his master’s degrees from Temple University. He received his doctorate from the Université de Poitiers in France.The Fulbright Scholar began his literary career in 1985 with Black Americana, and later published books such as The Black Tradition in American Dance (1989), African Americans: A Portrait (1993), Grown Deep: Essays on the Harlem Renaissance (1998), One More Time: Harlem Renaissance History and Historicism (2007). He also edited the works: “Negritude: Essays and Studies” and “Afro-American Writing: Prose and Poetry and Black Writers and the American Civil War.”

Dr. Long was the founder of the Triennial Symposium on African Art and of the New World Festival of the African Diaspora. He served on the Board of Directors of the Smithsonian Museum of African Art, and at the Society of Dance History Scholars. At the time of his death, Dr. Long was an Honorary Fellow of the History Scholars organization. He also served on the National Planner Committee of the Zora Neale Hurston Festival.

During his tenure, Dr. Long taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the Université de Poitiers, Clark-Atlanta University (formerly Atlanta University), Morgan State College, and West Virginia State College. He joined Emory University in 1973 as an adjunct professor. In 2001, Dr. Long retired from Emory. He was an active member and supporter of the Emeritus College whose colleagues referred to him as a “cherished mentor and friend.”

Among Emory students, Dr. Long is remembered as a “wonderful educator and raconteur,” who inspired others to have a great appreciation for Emory’s ILA. He is also remembered as a “brilliant scholar” whose demand for excellence was noted and adhered to. A 1965 portrait of  Dr. Long, by Beauford Delaney, is on display at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. His papers may be found at the Auburn Avenue Research Library also in Atlanta.

Details on memorial/celebration of life services, tentatively scheduled to be held in Atlanta next month, are forthcoming.

For more about Dr. Long, visit: You may also watch Dr. Long speak on the Harlem Renaissance Parsonages and Haiti.


Honoring Prof. David Freides

Professor Emeritus of Psychology David Freides passed on November 22, 2012, at 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 in clinical neuropsychology and the training of students in clinical and neuropsychology.

A native of Chicago, Dr. Freides’s parents were labor Zionists who immigrated from shtetls in the Ukraine. He was active in Habonim Dror from childhood until a young adult and was enrolled in Hebrew school through his college years. He received his B.A. in Psychology at the University of Illinois in 1949, followed by his M.A. at Teachers College, Columbia University in 1951, and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1956.

After service as an Army psychologist during the Korean War, Dr. Freides served as the director of Child and Adolescent Services at Lafayette Clinic. Thereafter, he relocated to Atlanta. An early practitioner of neuropsychology, Dr. Freides was largely self-taught, and was an early member of the International Neuropsychological Society and neuropsychology division of the American Psychological Association. He was the first neuropsychologist in Georgia to achieve board certification from the American Board of Professional Psychology after earlier board certification in clinical psychology. Dr. Freides’s research interests covered a broad range of topics in brain behavior relationships and clinical practice. Personal interests included travel, opera, gastronomy, folk dancing, and socializing with family and friends.

Dr. Freides is survived by his wife of 27 years, Vivian Auerbach, daughters, Priscila and Tatiene Freides, grandson, Joshua Freides, sister, Deborah Brown and a wide circle of friends, colleagues and former students.

On January 14, 2013 at 4 p.m., family and friends will gather to share memories at Emory University (Room 290 of the Psychology and Interdisciplinary Sciences Building, 36 Eagle Row). Those unable to attend who wish to contribute their recollections or thoughts may forward them to: Vivian Auerbach, 889 Springdale Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30306, or

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Dr. Freides may be directed to: Emory University, Office of Gift Records, 1762 Clifton Road, Suite 1400, MS: 0907-001-8AA, Atlanta, Georgia, 30322-1710. Proceeds will be used to aid Psychology students at Emory.

from Emory University Emeritus College

Honoring Prof. Rudolph Byrd

Memorial Service
Thursday, November 10, 2011, 4:00 pm
Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church

October 21, 2011

From Earl Lewis, Emory Provost and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of History and African American Studies

I am saddened to write that this morning our friend and colleague Rudolph Byrd lost his fierce and long battle with cancer. For many of us Rudolph was not only a symbol of dignity, propriety, determination, elegance and stamina, he embodied what it meant to live with purposefulness and grace, even to the very end. As others have said more than once in the last few weeks, Rudolph remained the consummate teacher: he taught us to live and how to die.

Rudolph accepted his appointment to join the Emory faculty in 1991, after appointments at Carleton College and the University of Delaware. During his two-decade long engagement with this university he became an institution builder, a concept he coined and a position he honored daily. He did so first as a scholar, authoring or editing eleven books in the fields of African American Studies, literature, sexuality, and difference. Inside the academy he understood that credit originated from scholarly production and as a result he deeply valued being honored with a Goodrich B. White Professorship. But Rudolph found individual production an incomplete definition of scholarship and institution building. He understood all too well that advances in a field would stagnate if we ignored the next generation. As a result he helped develop and sustain the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program on the Emory campus and beyond. This program was created to produce the next generation of scholars prepared to join the professoriate.

After stints as chair of what became the Department of African American Studies, Rudolph imagined and founded the James Weldon Johnson Institute, which recently was renamed the James Weldon Johnson Institute for Race and Difference. That Institute focuses on the history and enduring legacy of the fight for civil and human rights. Most recently he helped inaugurate a partnership among Emory University, the Center for Civil and Human Rights and CNN, by formulating a community forum program on contemporary civic issues called CNN Dialogues. Through these myriad efforts, Rudolph sought to fuse his abiding belief that universities helped build civil societies by engaging broadly and vigorously. Inside and outside of Emory he pursued institution building.

He was the founding co-chair of the Alice Walker Literary Society with Beverly Guy Sheftall of Spelman College. His several awards and fellowships include the Thomas Jefferson Award from Emory University; the Governor’s Award in the Humanities; the Dick Bathrick Activist Award from Men Stopping Violence of Atlanta, GA; Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship at Harvard University; the Dorothy Danforth Compton Fellowship at Yale University; and Visiting Scholar at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy.

Details of funeral and memorial services will follow in the next few days. As we await those announcements, we will find occasion to both mourn and celebrate the life that was Rudolph P. Byrd. Both are emotions that honor Rudolph.

See Atlanta Journal-Constitution news story (10/22/11)