R.T. Sinclair, Jr., MD Scholarship Fund established at St. Andrews
Laurinburg, N.C. – St. Andrews Presbyterian College is pleased to announce the establishment of the R.T. Sinclair, Jr., MD Scholarship Fund through a $50,000 grant by the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation.
The Cape Fear Memorial Foundation honored Sinclair, a 1933 graduate of St. Andrews predecessor institution Presbyterian Junior College, in this way “for his contributions to Cape Fear Memorial Foundation and in consideration of his admiration for the educational program at St. Andrews Presbyterian College” according to the scholarship fund agreement.
“We are honored that the Foundation chose to recognize Dr. Sinclair in this manner with such a significant and meaningful gift to the College,” said College President Paul Baldasare. “Dr. Sinclair has led a life that we uphold as a model for all of his fellow alumni and for our current and future students.”
Sinclair continued his education at Georgetown University Medical School and served at the Army 51st Field Hospital in World War II. Following the war, he married Myrtle Reynolds, who also served at the Field Hospital. The couple settled in Wilmington and Sinclair continued to practice medicine.
After the rejection of a plan for the expansion of the local hospital, Sinclair joined with Bill Mebane and Sam Pace to begin plans for a small, private hospital, which opened as Cape Fear Memorial Hospital in 1957. The hospital served the community under that banner until 1996 when it was sold and the funds used to establish a foundation to encompass the vision of Sinclair.
According to the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation Website, “Dr. R.T. Sinclair, Jr., one of the hospital’s founders, envisioned a foundation as a way to continue the hospital’s philosophy of caring. Indeed the Foundation’s motto ‘Dedicated to Advancing God’s Desire for Our Healing and Health’ speaks clearly of the dedication of a community-minded board and staff brought together by Dr. Sinclair.”
“His work as a physician; his devotion to civic concerns, particularly to the health and well-being of those less fortunate living in his community; and his deep and abiding commitment to the Presbyterian Church’s mission in the world are all qualities that distinguish him as exactly the kind of person we hope all of our graduate will emulate in their own lives,” said Baldasare.
The first scholarships will be awarded from the fund for fall semester 2011 to students with a sound scholastic record and a demonstrated financial need.
About the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation
Cape Fear Memorial Foundation is a private, non-operating foundation located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Its primary purpose is to serve the health and medical needs of the people of Southeastern North Carolina. It supports charitable not-for-profit organizations providing health and medical services and health education.
About St. Andrews Presbyterian College
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