Gift Establishes Pharmacy Scholarship – Ole Miss News

Private support, including a recent scholarship donation from Gladys Garrett, provides essential resources to help the UM School of Pharmacy ensure its students receive the best educational and research opportunities. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

OXFORD, Miss. – Gladys Garrett’s gift to the University of Mississippi‘s School of Pharmacy will not only change the lives of students, but perhaps the future of the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry as graduates enter the field.

Garrett’s $100,000 gift to the university creates the Gladys and Mr. Lynn Garrett Scholarship Endowment in Pharmacy, in honor of her late husband, who graduated from UM in 1949. In appreciation of the gift of Garrett, the school of pharmacy will name a lecture hall in honor of the couple.

Although Garrett did not attend university herself, she said she had “wonderful memories” of being part of the Ole Miss community and living in Oxford while her husband completed his studies.

Lynn and Gladys Garrett

“It was right after the war,” Garrett recalls. “Everyone was nice and everyone wanted to meet. I worked as a hairstylist while Lynn was in class.

“I stayed as busy as I could, taking care of the girls going to college.”

Garrett and her husband met in Chapel Hill, Tennessee, where they both grew up. After graduating, the couple moved to Nashville, where he established Garrett Drugstores with his brothers, while she cared for their two sons at home. In the late 1960s, Lynn Garrett had his own pharmacy, which he eventually sold to fellow Ole Miss graduate Keith Shelly.

Garrett hopes the scholarship will “help a youngster who wouldn’t otherwise be able to go to Ole Miss.”

And it will, said Donna Strum, Dean of the School of Pharmacy“This gift opens up opportunities for increased personal and professional development, research experiences, and more community outreach – all of which enhance the future of public health.

“We are very grateful to Gladys Garrett for her commitment. His support allows our school’s aspiring healthcare leaders to thrive and pursue their goals.

Development officer Sally Rychlak noted that this gift is the most recent of several Garrett has given to school.

“Gladys has been a generous supporter over the years, and now she leaves her and her husband’s legacy to the School of Pharmacy,” she said. “Conference Room 105C will forever be named after Gladys and Mr. Lynn Garrett. We greatly appreciate his past and present gifts.

The Gladys and Mr. Lynn Garrett Pharmacy Scholarship Endowment is open to donations from individuals and organizations. Send a check, with the endowment noted in the note line, to The University of Mississippi Foundation, 406 University Ave., Oxford, MS 38655, or give online to

For more information on supporting the School of Pharmacy, contact Sally Rychlak, Development Officer, at [email protected] 662-915-3084.

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