Alumnus gives Department of Communications Disorders $101,000



Dan Garrett, a 1972 alumnus of Marshall University’s Department of Communications Disorders, (far right) and wife, Jo Ann, today presented a $101,000 ceremonial check to the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., to establish a scholarship and program fund to benefit Communications Disorders.

At a ceremony outside the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall, Garrett spoke about his sister, Sally, and how speech therapists had impacted her quality of life while she struggled with a progressive neurological disorder that eventually robbed her of the ability to breathe.

The money donated will be allocated with $75,000 for the Sally Garrett Walters Memorial Scholarship program and $25,000 for support of student educational experiences including future study abroad trips.

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Photo: From left, Dr. Jerome Gilbert, Marshall University president; Dr. Karen McNealy, chair of the Communications Disorders Department; Dr. Michael Prewitt, dean of the College of Health Professions; Dr. Ron Area, chief executive officer for the Marshall University Foundation; and Jo Ann and Dan Garrett. Photo by Rick Haye/Marshall University.