Famous Atlanta fashion designer Anne Barge Clegg honors her late husband by channeling her painful loss into hope for others.
Drs. Allan Levey and James Lah of Emory Brain Health Center with Anne Barge Clegg, founder of Anne Barge
For 26 years, Anne Barge Clegg lived a loving and happy life alongside her husband, Terry Clegg. The pair shared a love story like no other—where smiles and laughter consistently filled the air and “the only argument we ever had was who loved who the most,” Anne says. In February 2020, Terry passed away from Alzheimer’s, and with his death occurring in the thick of the pandemic, celebrations of his life were put on hold. But now, Anne and her loved ones will finally get their chance to honor Terry with A Family Affair, an annual event hosted by the Goizueta Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, which helps raise awareness and funding for Alzheimer’s and dementia research. The autumnal event will memorialize Terry through a delectable three-course dinner, intimate testimonies, live performances from Broadway singer Laura Benanti and a panelist discussion among neuroscientists sharing recent research discoveries. And alongside Anne, A Family Affair also welcomes Ken Jarvis as the event’s honorary chair, who will spotlight the significant impact Alzheimer’s has on African Americans. “The minute people find out what Terry went through, they start telling me their own story. It’s a link that, unfortunately, binds us all,” Anne says. “We need to use that as a way to raise money for research to find a cure, to prevent Alzheimer’s and to help people who have the disease live a better quality of life.” Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road NW, alzheimers.emory.edu