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Book's proceeds to benefit memorial
by Roby Hill
College of Pharmacy (MUSC campus)
Though Stephen J. Gordin, M.D., is an alumnus of the MUSC College of
Medicine, he has a bit of loyalty to other areas at MUSC, particularly
First, his sister, Debby Gordin-Markel, went to the College of
Pharmacy, earning her bachelor's degree in 1981 and her doctor of
pharmacy in 1984. Second, his brother, Dan, earned a doctorate in
pharmaceutical sciences from the College of Graduate Studies in 1988.
Third, at each College of Pharmacy graduation since 1990, his family
has presented an annual award to a deserving student.
Fourth, that award is from the Debby Gordin-Markel Memorial Scholarship
Gordin addresses all these factors, including the poignant story of his
sister’s courageous but ultimately doomed battle with a rare liver
cancer in his new book, Debby’s Arrows. Published last August by
Champagne Books, his third book is an in-depth, personal memoir that
includes details of his sister’s cancer journey, his own professional
development, his wife’s (Sandy’s) successful battle with breast cancer
and their efforts to have a child.
“Debby’s Arrows is a poignant chronicle of the life of a young man
whose hopes and plans are met with substantial road-blocks,” said Kathy
Chessman, PharmD, professor, Clinical Pharmacy and Outcome Sciences at
the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, MUSC campus. “The obvious
devotion to his sister and his dependence on her support and advice
embodies the sometimes forgotten importance of family in today’s
All proceeds from sales of Debby’s Arrows benefit the Debby
Gordin-Markel Memorial Scholarship Fund, housed at the South Carolina
College of Pharmacy, MUSC campus, and administered by the MUSC
The book may be ordered from http://www.amazon.com/
and other online book sellers such as Barnes and Noble, Target and
Borders, as well as http://www.Champagnebooks.com.
To make tax-deductible donations directly to the fund, make checks
payable to the MUSC Foundation earmarked for the Debby Gordin-Markel
Memorial Scholarship Fund, and mail to the foundation at MUSC
Foundation, 18 Bee St., MSC 450, Charleston, SC, 29425-4500.
For several years, the family made an annual award to a graduating
senior, which usually consisted of a plaque and a financial prize. In
2004, the family established a restricted fund in Debby’s memory and
converted the award to a scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a
P3 student who demonstrates academic excellence and financial need, and
best exemplifies those qualities of professionalism, dedication and
compassion that were deep commitments of Debby’s.
“My parents established this fund to celebrate those ideals and
qualities that my sister personified,” said Gordin, a radiologist who
graduated from the College of Medicine in 1987, and did his residency
in diagnostic radiology at the University of West Virginia before
completing a fellowship in neuro-radiology at the University of
Pittsburgh. “This cause is very meaningful to my family, and I wanted
to do what I could to raise money and awareness of the fund’s
existence. When people read the book, I think they’ll understand why
Debby was such an inspiration and why she should be so remembered.”
The scholarship the Gordin family established was created, at least in
part, so that Debby’s legacy of enthusiasm and idealism would be
sustained. In the end, the author discovers how his own legacy—and by
extension that of his sister's—might be carried on.
“Steve Gordin’s chronicle of his life challenges, both personal and
professional, makes for a heartwarming and inspirational read,” said
Kelly Draganov, director of development for South Carolina College of
Pharmacy, MUSC campus.
Friday, Feb. 29, 2008
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