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Memorial Scholarship to Help MUSC Pharmacy Students

Memorial Scholarship to Help MUSC Pharmacy Students

Barbara Gaskins Platt brought a gentle grace to her work as a pharmacist.

She took a special interest in her coworkers. She remained poised and patient, even when inundated with phone calls and customers waiting in line. And instead of rushing someone else, she worked late.

The Reverend Dr. John V. Platt always knew that his late wife was proud of her career and the education she received from the College of Pharmacy at MUSC. In tribute to that spirit, Dr. Platt chose to honor Barbara's life and her dedication to pharmacy, education, and patient care by establishing the Barbara G. Platt '80 Memorial Scholarship to help MUSC Pharmacy students.

"She was very devoted to her calling and to the people she came to know and serve," Dr. Platt said before his death in March of 2012.

Barbara initially wanted to pursue an elementary education degree but, as time passed, she became drawn in a different direction. She graduated from MUSC's College of Pharmacy in 1980.

"She felt led to pursue pharmacy," said Dr. Platt, a pastor. He remembered taking mission trips together, including four visits to Brazil, a trip to Honduras, a construction project in West Virginia and ministries within federal prisons.

Dr. Platt's wife of nearly 47 years remained a doting mother of two boys, a dedicated homemaker and a church leader -- all while finishing school and pursuing her career.

"She was the love of my heart," Dr. Platt said. "She was the love of our sons, too."

Barbara died in 2010 from colon cancer. Dr. Platt and their sons, Todd and Bryan, chose not to wait to begin their gift to MUSC.

Utilizing the 2011 IRA provisions, Dr. Platt was able to fund the endowment and begin awarding scholarships. He followed his initial cash gift with a bequest to ensure that a link will always remain between Barbara's passion for pharmacy and the future of the profession.

"She would be pleased to know that we are both honoring and remembering her by establishing an endowment to assist pharmacy students in their expenses," Dr. Platt said. Barbara's legacy now lives on in the lives of students who currently receive her named scholarship.

To learn more about bequests to MUSC Foundation, please contact Toni Jernigan 843-792-2236 or jernigat@musc.edu.