Annual memorial service honors those lost this year

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A moment from Augusta University's 2021 Memorial Ceremony. The annual event honors the students, faculty and staff lost within the year.

On April 15, Augusta University held its annual Memorial Ceremony in remembrance of the students, faculty and staff lost this past year. After the names of those lost were announced, the families placed flower blooms in a bowl of water in memory of their loved ones. Additionally, memorial trees have been planted on both the Summerville and Health Sciences Campuses to remember those who are no longer with us due to COVID-19 and honor those impacted by the pandemic.

Watch the ceremony below.

Those memorialized:


Paulette Harris
Madhav Sharma


Monica Bonner
Carol Bussey
Yolanda Coar
Jacqueline Marie Dobbs
Matthew Harley
Patricia Leigh Hobbs
Carol L. Johnson
Jody Kenny
Kenneth Mass
Gaylon Laqwynta McCray
Eric B. Miller
Kaecee Nettles
Jocelyn Newman
Marcus Occhipinti
Karen Tinsley Ogle
Mary Anne Park
Wendy Phillips Clarke
Rebekah Ashley Rowland
Sabra Smiley
Robert Edward Touart
Earline Travis
Alan Watts
Sojo Wood


Jene Batiste
Teco Browning
Caroline McKie
Jennifer Watkins
Wayne Yost

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