Marcus Institute Announces New External Relations Director

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August 10, 1999
The Marcus Institute at Emory University, an affiliate of Kennedy Krieger Institute, announces that Elizabeth "Betsy" Irby has accepted the position of director of external relations.

ATLANTA, GA - The Marcus Institute at Emory University, an affiliate of Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, announces that Elizabeth "Betsy" Irby has accepted the position of Director of External Relations.

Irby will be directing the fundraising, marketing, public relations and board relations for the Institute. Previously, she was the director of development and alumni relations at the Atlanta International School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language/English Literature from the University of Georgia and is a graduate of The Westminster Schools.

A third generation Atlantan, Irby has participated in business, cultural, athletic and educational marketing and fundraising for 25 years. She is active in a number of area charities that include the Atlanta Humane Society, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Junior League of Atlanta, The Westminster Schools and United Way.

The Marcus Institute was founded in 1990 as a not-for-profit corporation to provide medical services for persons with developmental disabilities. Since its inception, the Institute has served more than 10,000 people and their families, and has been engaged in a comprehensive coordinated effort with Emory University in training and research. A $45 million gift by Bernie Marcus, co-founder of The Home Depot and his wife, Billi to Kennedy Krieger Institute in 1998 formed the alliance between the two institutions.

The Marcus Institute at Emory University is dedicated to helping children and adolescents with disabilities resulting from disorders of the brain achieve their potential and participate as fully as possible in family, community and school life. For more information about The Marcus Institute or Kennedy Krieger Institute call 404-727-9450 or visit

Media Contact Inquiries:

Dorothy Fuchs, (410) 243-3790
Julie Lincoln, (443) 923-7334 or (443) 742-0770

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