Sara Emma “Emy” Blair and H. Duane Blair
An Atlanta native, Duane Blair grew up in Clarkston and graduated from Oxford College in 1948 and received an undergraduate degree from Emory College in 1950. After medical school and residency at the Emory School of Medicine, he entered practice as a surgeon in Decatur. He served as chief of surgery and chief of staff at DeKalb Medical Center (now Emory Decatur Hospital), chaired the hospital’s board of directors as a trustee and served as a member of the DeKalb County Board of Health.
He died in 2015. Emy Blair died in 2017.
The couple designated their $8 million gift to Agnes Scott for facilities improvement and scholarships. The Emy and Duane Blair Science Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships for students of the sciences beginning this fall.
Oxford will use half of the Blairs’ donation to fund student financial aid through the Duane and Emy Blair Scholarship Endowment, with the other half reserved for capital improvements.