Amerson House is located in the far northwest corner of the St. Bartholomew's campus. Nestled in the woods, the house was built in 1957 as a home for the parish's rector or pastor. It was rededicated in 2004 in memory of Dr. Richard Amerson and set aside as a house for “Hospitality, Contemplative life and Anglican Studies.” Since that time a group of parishioners has offered hospitality and programs, welcoming the larger Atlanta community for activities dedicated to cultivating the contemplative life.
About Dr. Richard Amerson
James Richard Amerson served on the Emory University medical faculty for 40 years before retiring in 1997 and was a member of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church for many years. Hedied Dec. 21, 2001, at age 74.
The 2002 Emory Alumni Magazine contained the following remembrance of Dr. Amerson: “Colleagues in surgery attest that Amerson was a tireless patient advocate, a dedicated teacher, and an outstanding role model for surgical residents and medical students. “He was the best surgeon I ever encountered, one of the finest general surgeons in the country,” said Dr. Paul Seavey of Atlanta, who served on the Emory faculty with Amerson for more than 30 years.”
After his retirement from Emory in 1997, Dr. Amerson cared for the buildings and grounds of St. Bartholomew’s. He was at the church often, tending to jobs ranging from maintaining the plumbing to repairing the roof. He served at the church with a humble demeanor and was a beloved presence on campus.
After his death, the church received donations in his memory. Rector Mac Thigpen used the funds to restore the old parsonage, which had fallen into disrepair. The house was blessed in May 2005 for “Hospitality, Spirituality and Anglican Studies.” The Rev. Thigpen painted the above portrait of Dr. Amerson, and it hangs just inside the house.
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