May 20, 2012
A Professor's Death Ripples Outward
When a star professor at Emory University died, his department had to regroup as it mourned
The stage was set, thanks to Rudolph P. Byrd.
On a winter evening at Emory University's campus here, CNN aimed its cameras as about 900 professors, students, and local residents filed into an auditorium. They came to see a panel of journalists and activists engage in a spirited discussion about political uprisings in the Arab world, part of a series of forums on civic and international issues that Mr. Byrd, an Emory professor for two decades, had created.
But on this day, Mr.