Brenna Lee Lawrence
Brenna Lee Lawrence
July 14, 1979 to April 14, 2004
Brenna was a 1997 Page HS graduate and 2002 graduate
of Catawba College earning a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with minors
in religion and philosophy. She
graduated as a member of two honor societies: Beta Beta Beta (“Tri Beta”), a
national honor and professional society for biology students, of which she was
the 2000-2001 president of the Southeastern Region; and Phi Epsilon, an honorary
scholastic society. She was listed
in “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” in
2000. Brenna served as a valuable
member of the College Honor Court and the History Department’s best all-time
work study student. In 2001 she won
an award for her senior research project, which she presented at the 62nd
annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists.
While attending Catawba College she was a member of the Omwake-Dearborn
Chapel Choir and also served on the cheerleading squad.
Everything Brenna accomplished was driven by her passion for achieving
had several auto-immune diseases, including:
Polymyositis, Raynaud’s, Fibromyalgia, IBS, Mixed Connective Tissue
Disorder and other ailments. She
was taking autoimmune suppressive medications and steroids for almost 5 years.
These were not life threatening diseases, but left her susceptible to
other diseases. She was infected
with a hospital borne staph infection and passed away on April 14th,
2004. Brenna was 24 years old.
Her birthday is on July 14th.
Catawba College in Salisbury, NC and all the staff went above and beyond ordinary measures to make Brenna’s life at Catawba easier and more comfortable. Without this extraordinary effort by Catawba, Brenna would not have been able to graduate. We would like to reward other deserving Catawba students by offering a scholarship fund to be administered by Catawba College. All of the proceeds of this benefit will go to Catawba College. Dr. Ken Clapp will be recording the proceeds and setting up the scholarship fund.
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