Larry and Carol Hooks.

Grady College Honors Betty Gage Holland during Tribute Evening

The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia inducted Betty Gage Holland into the Sanford Circle of the Grady Fellowship Nov. 18 at the Georgia Center on the University of Georgia campus.

Dean E. Culpepper Clark of the Grady College bestowed the posthumous award on Mrs. Holland, widow of James M. Cox Jr.

Larry Hooks, an Atlanta attorney who worked closely with Mrs. Holland in her philanthropic efforts, accepted the award from Dr. Clark.

Mrs. Holland, who died in 2004, created the Jim Cox Jr. Foundation, which has supported the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International mass Communication Training and Research since 1990. the Cox Center is the international outreach unit of the Grady College.

Mrs. Holland joined Joe Belew as an inductee into the Sanford Circle of Grady Fellows. The Sanford Circle was created "to honor absent friends of Grady College, whose achievements and generosity of spirit remain with us," Dr. Clark said.

Belew was a 1972 graduate of Grady College and former president of the national Consumer Bankers Association.

In addition to providing support for journalism and journalism education, Mrs. Holland gave gifts to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and other health and cultural projects. At the University of Georgia, she as provided funding both for the Cox Center and for the James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Newspaper Management Studies.

James M. Cox Jr., chairman of Cox Enterprises Inc., opf Atlanta, died in 1974. In 1979, Mrs. Holland married William Jackson Holland, who died in 2001.

Dean Clark (right) presenting award. Larry Hooks (left) receiving award for Mrs. Holland, shown on screen.

Approximately 200 persons attended the Grady Fellowship Tribute Evening, which included a salute to the Grady Peabody Awards, now entering its 70th year. the Peabody Awards program is housed in the Grady College.

Seven persons, in addition to Mrs. Holland and Belew, were inducted into the Grady fellowship at the ceremony. Dean Clark spoke of the contributions of each of the nine individuals as he bestowed the award.

He praised Mrs. Holland for her support of the international journalism initiative of the Cox Center and the domestic projects of the Cox Institute.

In 1998, the University of Georgia redesigned and replanted a garden in front of the Journalism Building on the Athens campus and named it in honor of Mrs. Holland.