Perry Brickman was one of two Emory alumni presented with the university’s highest honor, the Emory Medal, at a ceremony Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Miller-Ward Alumni House.
Joining Brickman, a Toco Hills resident and 1953 graduate of Emory College, in winning the award was Pete McTier, a 1961 business graduate.
“Both Perry and Pete exemplify a philanthropic spirit and share dedication and loyalty to Emory University,” said Sarah Cook, Emory’s senior associate vice president for alumni affairs.
“I was raised to work for your community. I didn’t even have to be told,” Brickman said in his Emory Medal video.
In 2012 he organized the production of a documentary, “From Silence to Recognition: Confronting Discrimination in Emory’s Dental School History,” which brought to light discrimination against Jewish dental students from 1948 to 1961. The university responded by giving him the Maker of History award.
The retired oral surgeon and his wife, Shirley, in the spring established the Brickman/Levin Award to support doctoral students in Jewish studies at Emory’s Laney Graduate School. The Brickmans’ other Emory projects include the endowment for Deborah Lipstadt’s Holocaust Denial on Trial website.