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In memoriam


Wilma A. Lyghtner Kirchhofer 77PH of Atlanta on February 10, 2020. She was the founder of Youth Leadership for Global Health and was an active member of the Friendship Force of Greater Atlanta. Survivors include her two sons, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.


Daniel S. Blumenthal 86PH of St. Louis, MO, on July 25, 2019, at 77. Blumenthal graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio and the University of Chicago School of Medicine. He was board-certified in both pediatrics and preventive medicine. He served as the first Volunteers in Service to America physician in Lee County, AR. He later joined the faculty in the pediatrics department at Emory. He went on to Morehouse School of Medicine and spent almost 40 years there. He loved music, skiing, and travelling. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie, and three children.


Dollie Avis (Durrett) Daniels 91MPH of Athens, GA, on Sep. 17, 2019, at 89. Daniels received a BA from Eckerd College before coming to Emory. She was director of Graduate Studies and Associate Faculty for Rollins in epidemiology and received the Shephard Award for her master’s research in 1992. She enjoyed collecting antiques and first-edition books, and she was a talented seamstress/needlework artist. She is survived by her four children, Charles, Stevie, Deborah, and Carrie.

Dr. Virginia Lee Seery 96MPH of Atlanta, on Nov. 25, 2019, at age 85. Her service was held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.


Ericka Neshea Brewer 16MPH of Snellville, GA, on Sep. 6, 2019. Brewer graduated from Fort Valley State University with a BS in biology/pre-med and completed her master’s in prevention science at Emory. She worked as a clinical research associate and co-owned the K.E.Y. Event Planning Company. She loved fashion, singing, and dancing. She was preceded in death by her father, Gary H. Brewer. She is survived by her mother, Cynthia, three sisters, and three brothers.

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