He came to Princeton from the Asheville School, where he was on the student government and played tennis and soccer. At Princeton, Ernie majored in art, was a member of Colonial Club, and participated in the Orange Key and the Campus Fund Drive. His senior roommates were Kev Maloy, Dick Fryberger, and Bill Trimble.
Ernie graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1962 and completed his two-year residency in surgery at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. He returned to Harvard for his residency in obstetrics and gynecology. Subsequently, he was in the 1967-69 pioneering fellowship in gynecologic oncology and gynecologic radiation oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
He was active in Atlanta’s medical community, especially at Emory University School of Medicine. Ernie practiced surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital from 1974 to 1997, and upon his retirement created an eponymous award for the nurses’ compassionate care of patients. He had also been an elder at Mount Paran Church of God, trustee at the Bascom Center for Visual Arts in Highlands, and president of the Atlanta Ballet.
Ernie is survived by his wife of 25 years, Joyce; one sister; and many nephews. The class extends its deepest sympathy to them all.