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In Memoriam


The passing of a founding father

Thomas F. Sellers Jr. died in January surrounded by family and friends. Sellers was instrumental in the founding of the Rollins School of Public Health.

In the 1980s, when he was chairman of the Department of Community Health in the School of Medicine, Sellers championed the establishment of Emory’s community health program, which eventually grew into RSPH. On his retirement, his colleagues and friends joined together to honor that effort with an endowed scholarship in his name.

Sellers taught infectious disease medicine and preventive medicine in the SOM for more than 30 years. He recounted his medical days in his 2009 book, What’s Up Doc: A Lifetime in Medicine: 1946-1990. He also published a collection of his poetry, Beware the Poet, in 2015.

Sellers had public health in his bloodline. His father was a public health leader in Georgia for 42 years and the inventor of a tool for diagnosing rabies. His son, Wade, was in the first class to graduate from Rollins in 1990, the year it became a school.

The family has requested that gifts in memory of Sellers be made to the Thomas F. Sellers Jr. MD Scholarship Fund at the Rollins School of Public Health. Online gifts may be made by going to emory.edu/give.

In many ways, the Rollins School of Public Health owes its existence to Tom Sellers, and he is greatly missed.


LINDA L. SPENCER 79MPH of Marietta, Ga., on Nov. 12, 2016, at 75. Spencer was a retired U.S. Army Nurse Corps Colonel who spent decades working in various areas of public health, both in the U.S. and abroad. She retired from the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, where she was a clinical professor. She felt that her most meaningful work was serving vulnerable populations. She spent two years with the International Red Cross based in Russia. She had assignments with CDC, American Leprosy Mission, and the U.S. State Department, working in many countries in Africa as well as Indonesia, Pakistan, Georgia, and Iraq. In 2002, Spencer received the Florence Nightingale Medal—the highest honor bestowed upon a nurse by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland. She is survived by her husband, Max Morrow.


NANCY LYNN CZAICKI 12MPH of St. Louis, Mo., on Jan. 3, 2017, at 30, after a car crash. She participated in Teach for America in Chicago for two years, where she encouraged students to go further in the field of science. After Rollins, she earned a PhD in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her goals were to improve the lives of those living with HIV all over the world and especially Africa, where she studied in both Tanzania and Zambia. Czaicki lived and worked in Lusaka, Zambia, with the Centre for Infectious Disease Research Zambia. Survivors include her parents, two brothers, her grandmother, and her fiance.

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