College bestows Lifetime Service award on Dr. Jay Giesler

Dec. 11, 2015

College bestows Lifetime Service award on Dr. Jay Giesler Dr. Jay Giesler of LaGrange has been awarded the Fuller E. Callaway Jr. Award for Lifetime Service.

Honoring an individual who has volunteered his time and resources to the college, the award is named for Callaway, who served the college for many years as a member of the Board of Trustees. He also was a community leader and benefactor of LaGrange, Troup County and LaGrange College.

“The leadership he provided guided the college and influenced the institution it is today,” said Will Jones, Vice President for External Relations. “For that reason, it is the college’s honor to recognize others for their service to LaGrange College by presenting them with the Fuller E. Callaway Jr. Award for Lifetime Service.”

Dr. Giesler served as a member of the college’s Leadership Council from 1994-2004, where he was president and led the group’s first self-study in 2000. He has been on the Board of Trustees since 2000, serving on its advancement committee. He also worked on the trustee solicitation committee for the Defining Moment campaign.  

Medical director for West Georgia Health’s pulmonary medicine department, he was named the hospital’s Physician of the Year in 2014.

Since he moved to LaGrange in the mid-1970s, Dr. Giesler has been passionate about the health and well-being of the community’s youth. Through his leadership, West Georgia Health provides free athletic physicals for student-athletes. He helped perform the physicals and coordinated physician volunteers until he retired from private practice at Emory Clark-Holder Clinic in 2010. 

He was instrumental in the success and longevity of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. In 1991, he formed the LaGrange Better Breathers Society, a support group for patients living with chronic lung disease. In addition, he established the Sleep Laboratory in 1996 and served as medical director, interpreting diagnostic sleep studies and treating sleep-related disorders until 2012.

Dr. Giesler serves as a deacon at First Baptist Church on the Square. A longtime choir member, he also has performed with the Sons of Lafayette Choir. A devoted Bible scholar, he has made several journeys abroad as a missionary.

He and his wife Linda have been generous contributors to LaGrange College for many years and are recognized as Fellows of the College.

Previous recipients of the Lifetime Service honor are Malone Dodson, Ray Anderson, Charles Smith, Nesie Williams and Wayne Hunter.


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