(l. to r.) Macon Brock '64, Dr. Edward Lilly '64, and President Robert Lindgren
Dr. Edward L. Lilly, a native of Norfolk, VA was the recipient of the Society of
Alumni’s Distinguished Alumnus Award at a reception held in the home of Macon Brock
’64, chair of the R-MC Board of Trustees, and his wife, Joan on June 19, 2008.
As a student at Randolph-Macon College, Lilly was active in a number of campus organizations
including Circle K, Beta Beta Beta, Chi Beta Phi and as a member of Phi Delta Theta.
He was recognized for his academic and leadership skills by being elected to Phi
Beta Kappa and ODK.
Upon graduating from Randolph-Macon with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1964, Lilly
continued his education at MCV earning his medical degree in 1968. He also completed
his residency in internal medicine at MCV and was selected chief resident in 1971.
Lilly went on to serve as the chief of internal medicine at the Seymour Johnson
Air Force Base hospital in Goldsboro, NC and received the disabled American Veterans
Citation in 1974. He then returned to Norfolk to practice internal medicine and
gastroenterology and has served as president of the medical staff at De Paul Hospital,
as well as the chairman of internal medicine and gastroenterology at De Paul and
Norfolk General Hospital.
Lilly has provided extensive volunteer medical service to the Norfolk Free Clinic
and in Haiti through Physicians for Peace, a non-profit organization providing medical
service in underdeveloped countries. Years ago when he learned that a hospital in
Haiti was in need of gastroenterologist services, he and his family realized they
could make a difference. They collected a large number of donated scopes, light
sources and supplies and coordinated their efforts with that of a visiting gastroenterologist
who would make weekly trips from another part of Haiti. Subsequently, in 1990 the
Physicians for Peace asked Dr. Lilly to head up their efforts in Haiti. In July
2007, he went to Mali and Senegal to find ways for Physicians for Peace to work
within the guidelines of the Millennium Project of the United Nations. Through Physicians
for Peace, Lilly played a major role in supporting the first medical, nursing, and
dental educational programs in Haiti, in developing a simple health care system
for the schools and orphanages in Haiti and in leading the pediatric faculty of
Eastern Virginia Medical School in a multi-day program at the medical school in
Lilly has taken leadership roles in his local community where he has served on the
boards for the Norfolk Forum, Norfolk Chapter of the American Cancer Society, the
Virginia Chorale, The WHRO Foundation, and the Chrysler Museum. He is active at
Larchmont United Methodist Church and has been a committee member for the Virginia
Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Lilly has given leadership service to Randolph-Macon College through his membership
in the Heritage Society, on the Board of Associates from 1986-1993 and on the College’s
Board of Trustees from 1994-2006.