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Bruce Scholarship honors late physician

William BruceThe late William Gregory Bruce ’60 credited Transylvania with preparing him for medical school and giving him the opportunity to achieve his life’s ambition of becoming a physician.

“Greg said over the years that if he had not attended Transylvania, he doubted he would have been able to get into medical school,” said his widow, Ann Bruce. “He particularly credited (former chemistry professor) Monroe Moosnick with taking him under his wing and motivating him to do well.”

Ann decided to memorialize her late husband’s feelings for his alma mater by establishing the William Gregory Bruce, M.D., Endowed Scholarship Fund. The scholarships will be awarded to Transylvania students with financial need who are preparing for a career in medicine or dentistry.

Preference will be given to students from Kentucky, which honors the legacy of Greg Bruce’s father, John Gregory Bruce ’21. Raised in Straight Creek, Bell County, Ky., the elder Bruce had a distinguished career in law, culminating in his appointment by President Harry S. Truman to the U.S. Tax Court in 1952.

Greg Bruce earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland and was a flight surgeon in the U.S. Navy from 1967-70. He was a professor of cancer surgery at UM and attending surgical oncologist at the Baltimore Cancer Research Center before establishing a private practice in Panama City, Fla., where he lived most of his life. Ann, a registered nurse, supported the practice as office manager.

Most of the Bruces’ patients were paying customers, but some were not, based on Greg’s humanitarian outlook.
“Greg felt that regardless of whether you were the wealthiest person in the world or the poorest, if you’re sick, you’re sick,” Ann said. “He wanted everyone to have access to what would make them feel better physically, and if he could offer that as a surgeon, he always tried to.”

For information on how to support the William Gregory Bruce, M.D., Scholarship,
contact the development office at (800) 487-2679 or (859) 281-3692.

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