Judy Greer Is Giving Back to Oxford College
When Judy Greer joined the Oxford College faculty as a physical education instructor in 1957, Emory University had been admitting women officially for only four years. Greer would later become the first woman promoted to full professor at Oxford, and over a career spanning more than 30 years, she would mentor the small but growing number of female students through roles such as director of women's intramural athletics, coach of the women's tennis team, and women's counselor.
Upon Greer's retirement, members of the Oxford College Class of 1959 showed their deep appreciation by establishing a scholarship in her name, a fund alumni and friends have maintained for two decades. In keeping with her former students' generosity and to show her love for Oxford, Greer has made her own bequest to support Oxford College.
"I grew up in a family that emphasized giving to others, even though we didn't have much money," Greer says. "When I came to Oxford to teach, I just fell in love with it, and Oxford became my life. My generation put a lot of importance on giving back, no matter how much or how little you had, and for me, it's a joyful obligation to give to a place that's been so good to me and is dear to my heart."
Even in retirement, Greer stays active in the Oxford community, spending time with other retired faculty in the area, keeping in touch with former students, and sometimes sharing meals in the dining hall.
"I really believe in Oxford College," Greer says. "I cannot imagine where my life would be today had I not found Oxford. My experiences here have laid the strong foundation from which life's most enriching blessings have come—faith, family, friendship, and community."