Sunday, April 24, 2011

In memoriam

The faculty and staff of the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center mourn the passing of Rosemary McKenzie, minority health liaison and program services manager at the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).
Rosemary had been part of the South Carolina family since our Center was founded, in 2000. As an advocate for rural minority health, Ms. McKenzie served on our national advisory workgroup from 2000 until her recent death. Her passion for populations often lost in the majority white demographics of rural America kept us honest and engaged. Over the years, we used Rosemary's guidance as we developed our multiple presentations for the annual NRHA Rural Multiracial and Multicultural Health conferences, as well as for NRHA's annual conference.
We remember Rosemary as a spirited, stylish woman whose energy lit up every room she entered. If the Father's house has many mansions, we are assured that she is lighting those up, as well.

Picture: Rosemary at a meeting in the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center, 2004.