The Rabbi Perry Nussbaum lecture series


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The Rabbi Perry Nussbaum lecture series
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Mixed Material
Endowed by John D. Bower, M.D.
Given to UF from Wes Marston for the Robert Q. Marston display
Millsaps College
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General Note:
This is a program for Nussbaum Awards Dinner, Thrusday Evening, April 4, 2013 at the Rober and Dee Leggett Special Events Center and Friday, April 5, 2013; A. Boyd Campbell at the Robert and Dee Leggett Special Events Center at 12:30p.m.

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University of Florida
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UF Marston Science Library
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Copyright Board of Trustees of the University of Florida
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Nussbaum Awards Dinner
Thursday, April 4, 2013
A. Boyd Campbell College Center
Robert & Dee Leggett Special Events Center
Millsaps College
6 p.m.

Nussbaum Lecture
Myrlie Evers: "Reflections"
Friday, April 5, 2013
A. Boyd Campbell College Center
Robert & Dee Leggett Special Events Center
12:30 p.m.


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W elcome...............................................................................M ichael V. Hutchison
Vice President, Institutional Advancement
Millsaps College

Invocation......................................................................The Reverend Rim s Barber
Mississippi Human Services Agenda

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Remarks and Recognitions..................................................Dr. Robert W. Pearigen
Millsaps College

Introduction of the 2013 Nussbaum Award Winners

Mr. Joshua Morse III. (posthumously)
Dr. Robert Quarles Marston (posthumously)
Dr. Alton B. Cobb
Dr. Jack Geiger
Mrs. Myrlie Evers

Response and Recognition of Past Honorees.................................Dr. John Bower

Closing Remarks....................................................................M ichael V. Hutchison

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W elcom e........................................................................................D r. S. K eith D unn
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College

Introduction..................................................................................... Chelsea W right
Class of 2013

L ecture................................................................................................M yrlie E vers

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The late Joshua Morse III, dean of the University of Mississippi School of Law
in the 1960s, admitted the school's first black students, a move that led to the
desegregation of Mississippi's legal profession and judiciary.
Morse was a graduate of Ole Miss and its law school and served in the Army
during World War II. After law school he joined his father's law practice in Pop-
larville and then joined the Ole Miss faculty as an associate professor in 1962.
He was named dean in 1963, but instead of starting work immediately, attended
Yale on a one-year graduate fellowship.
Known for challenging the status quo, Morse recruited minority students,
promoted a student legal assistance program for the poor, and exposed students
to liberal ideas. He admitted Ole Miss's first black law students in 1963, a year
after James Meredith became the first black to enroll at the university.
Morse threatened to resign when state education officials in 1966 wanted
to rescind an invitation to the liberal Democratic senator Robert F. Kennedy to
speak at the law school. Kennedy spoke at the school.
Morse was dean of the College of Law at Florida State University from 1969
until 1980 and a professor until 2003. He died at age 89 on Sept. 14, 2012.

The late Dr. Robert Quarles Marston was a physician, research scientist, and
university administrator. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in
1943 and from the Medical College of Virginia in 1947. As a Rhodes Scholar, he
studied at Oxford under Dr. Howard Florey, a developer of penicillin and winner
of the Nobel Prize.
He completed his training at Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Medi-
cal College of Virginia, where he started his academic career in 1954. Marston
became dean of the University of Mississippi's School of Medicine in 1961.
Under his direction the medical center admitted the first black medical students,
hired the first black medical professor, integrated the medical center's patients,
and set new precedents for the peaceful racial desegregation of Southern medical
schools and teaching hospitals. In 1965, he was chosen to be the vice chancellor
of the university.
In 1966, the National Institutes of Health named him associate director of its
regional medical programs on heart, cancer and stroke. In April 1968, he became
administrator of the Health Services and Mental Health Administration and later
that year was appointed to the director of the National Institutes of Health, a
position he held until April 1973.
In 1974, Marston became the seventh president of the University of Florida
and served for 10 years. In 1985, he returned to the University of Florida faculty
and conducted research and presented papers for the university's Department
of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences and its College of Medicine, co-edited The
Medical Implications of Nuclear War on behalf of the National Academy of
Sciences, and served as the chairman of the Safety Advisory Committee for the
Clean-Up of Three Mile Island.
He died at age 76 on March 14, 1999.

Dr. Alton B. Cobb, Mississippi's chief health officer from 1973-1993, has been
a tireless advocate for public healthcare for all Mississippians. During his tenure,
he and his staff at the Mississippi State Department of Health enacted the na-
tion's most efficient way of getting baby formula into the hands of mothers who
couldn't afford it. Mississippi had the highest immunization rates and among the
lowest tuberculosis rates during his tenure as chief health officer and that of his
With the passage of Medicare in 1965, Cobb directed the state survey and
certification of hospitals and laboratories to participate in Medicare. In 1968, he
joined the governor's staff to plan the implementation of the Medicaid program
and became the state's first Medicaid director.
Cobb completed the first two years of medical school at the University of
Mississippi in Oxford in 1952 and then attended Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine for the final two years. He did an internship at Charity Hos-
pital in New Orleans and later earned a master's of public health from Tulane
University's School of Public Health. Cobb received the Award of Excellence
from the American Public Health Association in 1992 and the Woodrow Wilson
Award from the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association in 2010.
The work of Cobb's wife, Mary, a public health nurse who directed the new-
born follow-up clinic for high-risk babies at the University of Mississippi Medi-
cal Center, complemented that of her spouse. Cobb currently serves as the chief
executive officer of Gleaners, a volunteer organization in Jackson that collects
excess food and distributes it to the hungry and the needy.

Dr. Jack Geiger has dedicated most of his career to the problems of health,
poverty and human rights. He introduced the community health center model in
the U.S, combining community-oriented primary care, public health interven-
tions, and civil rights and community empowerment and development initiatives.
From 1965 until 1971, he was director of the first urban and first rural health
centers in the U.S., in Boston and in the Mississippi Delta in Mound Bayou.
He received his medical degree from Western Reserve University School
of Medicine in 1958 and trained in internal medicine at the Harvard Service
of Boston City Hospital from 1958-1964. Geiger also earned a degree in epide-
miology from the Harvard School of Public Health and was a research fellow

in the Research Training Program in School Science and Medicine at Harvard.
Geiger is a founding member and past president of Physicians for Social
Responsibility, which shared in the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985, and a founding
member and past president of Physicians for Human Rights, which shared in the
Nobel Peace Prize in 1998. He received the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humani-
tarianism in 2010.

Myrlie Evers is perhaps best remembered as the widow of Medgar Evers, the
Mississippi state field secretary for the NAACP who in 1963 was gunned down
in the driveway of his home in Jackson. She waged a painstaking battle to keep
her husband's memory and dreams alive and valiantly lobbied to bring his killer
to justice, which eventually paid off when the assassin was brought to trial for a
third time and finally found guilty of the murder of Medgar Evers, more than 30
years after the crime.
An activist in her own right, Evers became the first black woman to head the
Southern California Democratic Women's Division and served as the convener
of the National Women's Political Caucus. Mrs. Evers stayed active in politics,
and has worked in advertising, and in community and consumer affairs.
As an author, Myrlie Evers has captured the work and historical significance
of the civil rights movement through several publications chronicling the life of
Medgar Evers as well as her personal memoirs, Watch Me Fly: What I Learned
on the Way to Becoming the Woman I Was Meant to Be.
Mrs. Evers holds 16 honorary degrees from leading colleges and universi-
ties and is the recipient of numerous civil rights, human rights, and community
awards. In January 2012 she assumed the position of distinguished scholar-
in-residence at Alcorn State University in Lorman, the college where she and
Medgar Evers met.
In January of this year, she was selected by President Barack Obama to offer
the invocation at his second presidential inauguration on January 21, 2013, the
first woman and first lay person to be so honored.
Myrlie Evers continues the course of the Medgar Evers Institute, its name
having been changed by the board of directors in 2012 to the Medgar and Myrlie
Evers Institute to recognize Myrlie Evers' own work in social justice and equal
rights. She will spearhead the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Assas-
sination of Medgar Evers in June 2013.

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2012 Nussbaum Laureates

2011 Nussbaum Laureates

2010 Nussbaum Laureates

2009 Nussbaum Laureates

2008 Nussbaum Laureates

Dr. Aaron Shirley
Dr. Robert Smith
The Reverend Keith Tonkel
Mrs. Jane Menefee Schutt
Mr. Midhael Rubenstein
Governor William Waller

Bishop Duncan M. Gray Jr.
Dr. T.W. Lewis III
Henry "Hank" Thomas

Rims and Judy Barber
William Hodding Carter III
Mrs. L.C. Dorsey

Mr. Bill Minor
The Reverend Ed King
Mrs. Bea Gotthelf

Governor William Winter
The Honorable Fred Banks
Mr. Robert W. Tabscott

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The annual Nussbaum Lecture Series and Awards banquet is funded by a $250,000 endowment
gift to Millsaps College. The exclusive purpose of this endowment is to provide for the annual
lecture series and awards to honor Rabbi Perry Nussbaum and other individuals, who have often
been unrecognized in the past for their contributions to the civil rights movement in Mississippi
and beyond. Donations to the Rabbi Perry E. Nussbaum Lecture Series and Awards can be made
to Millsaps College and are tax deductible. These gifts will assist in expanding the effort to
preserve the memory and works of Rabbi Perry Nussbaum and others who made great sacrifices
for civil rights and equality for all.

Dr. John D. Bower, Professor Emeritus, University of MS Medical Center; Martha Bergmark,
President and CEO, Mississippi Center for Justice; William F. Winter, Former Governor of
Mississippi; Dr. Robert W. Pearigen, President, Millsaps College; Kane Ditto, Principal, State
Street Group, LLC; Rabbi Valerie Cohen, Temple Beth Israel; Bea Gotthelf; Dr. Helen B. Barnes;
Michael V. Hutchison, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Millsaps College; Maribeth
Kitchings Wann, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations, Millsaps College