The commitment, leadership and influence of Dr. Laurie L. Dozier Jr. is clearly felt throughout northwest Florida, specifically by the students and faculty of the FSU College of Medicine and the patients and medical staff of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital (TMH). TMH has benefited from 20 years of Dr. Dozier's knowledge and expertise along with the service of his wife, Margaret, who served 20 years at TMH as a nurse. In addition, Dr. Dozier's father was one of the founding physicians of TMH. According to Paula Fortunas, president and CEO of the TMH Foundation, "Dr. Dozier's knowledge, understanding, determination and generosity will forever inform and illuminate the mission and vision of Tallahassee Memorial."
Dr. Dozier recently demonstrated his incredible commitment to the study and practice of medicine by establishing a charitable remainder annuity trust that names both the FSU College of Medicine and TMH as remainder beneficiaries. Dr. Dozier's gift to Florida State will establish the Laurie L. Dozier Jr., M.D., Endowment in the College of Medicine. The endowment's annual earnings will support the professor and director of Internal Medicine Education and Clinical Skills Education programs within the College, including programs that are administered in conjunction with TMH. This gift will have a profound impact not only on medical students at the College, but also the medical community at large.
Dr. Dozier's dedication to FSU stems from his belief in the value of higher education— a value he has passed on to several members of his family. His two sons, Laurie L. Dozier III and John S. Dozier, D.M.D., as well as his daughter Deborah Dozier Blinderman and daughter-in-law Kelly Dozier, are all graduates of Florida State. In addition to being an FSU graduate, his other daughter, Sarah Dozier Sherraden, is currently the director of the Clinical Learning Center in the College of Medicine, a position she has held for seven years. In discussing her father's commitment to education and family, Sarah says that "he continues to model his love of life for his children and grandchildren, teaching us that through education and expanded horizons we can discover our passions."
There is no question that Dr. Dozier has discovered his own passion, and the FSU College of Medicine is forever grateful to Dr. Dozier and to his family for their numerous contributions to medical education. Thanks to Dr. Dozier's generosity, future generations of medical students and physicians will be provided with innovative and practical learning opportunities. To be sure, the Dozier family legacy will inspire the medical community at FSU and in Tallahassee for years to come.
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