Peter A. Zornes Memorial Golf Tournament & Neuroscience Scholarship
The family of WSU neuroscience graduate Peter Zornes will hold the
eighth annual golf tournament in his honor in the summer of 2015. Proceeds
will go toward the Peter A. Zornes Memorial Neuroscience Scholarship.
"Peter was very active in sports and in his community,” said Peter’s mother
Kathy Zornes, who is organizing the event. “This is our way of honoring his
Peter Zornes was raised in Oakesdale, a small town in eastern
Washington. It came as no surprise that he followed his father (’71
B.S.) and his mother (’74 B.A.) to Washington State University. Since
his ultimate goal was to become a physician, he was excited to find that
WSU had a brand new neuroscience program, where he focused his learning
and found a new passion.
He graduated cum laude from WSU in 2003 with a degree in neuroscience
and began the arduous task of applying to medical school. In order to
increase his chances for acceptance, he took a position as research
associate in asthma and allergy at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Medical Center, where he worked for 18 months.
During this time, one of his mentors wrote of Peter: “He has the rare
combination of drive, intelligence and compassion. All these qualities
will go a long way toward making a fine physician.” He then returned to
Whitman County where he was to begin a research position with a newly
formed bio-tech firm. This was not to be, however, as he was killed
three weeks prior to the start of that job at the age of 25.
“Part of what we want to do, in addition to fundraising, is provide a really
good time for everyone who attends, share memories, and make new friends and new
memories,” said Kathy Zornes.
Thanks to Shopko for their support of the golf tournament