by Connor Watkins
Retired MUSC employee and community supporter, Rebecca Mays, lost her battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease on July 6.
In 1969, Mays began her
career at MUSC as a secretary working in the Department of
Otolaryngology. She later moved on to MUSC’s Research Coordinators
Office as an administrative assistant. In 1980, she assumed the role of
grants administrator with the Office of Research & Sponsored
Programs. In December 1993, she retired from the Office of Research
Integrity and Research Protection.
A patron of the arts, Mays was a board member of many Lowcountry arts
programs including the Charleston Opera Company, Robert Ivey Ballet,
the Southern Arts Federation and Workshop Theatre and the South
Carolina Arts Commission. She shared her love of sailboat racing with
others as a professional U.S. sailing race officer and member of the
Sea Island Yacht Club, Charleston Yacht Club and Charleston Ocean
I always admired Rebecca for the level of commitment she exerted in everything she did.
She was passionate about the arts, sailing and the protection of human
subjects in biomedical research. She was MUSC’s biggest advocate for
patients during the time she managed the Human Subjects Protection
Program in what is now MUSC’s Office of Research Integrity.
—Peggy Schachte, director, Office of Research Development
As a medical student
doing research in the old research building on Sabin Street, I have
fond memories of Rebecca and Julia Hopkins.
—Robert J. Malcom, M.D., professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
I knew Rebecca from
the Dock Street Theater, during the Golden Age of theatre in
Charleston. She worked diligently behind the scenes. She was
always there lending her support and was so much fun to be around. She
made me feel as if I was around royalty. She was a leader among the
many endeavors she chose to pursue. You wanted to be with her, she
seemed to be a magnet that drew people to her. I valued her as a
person. She was a wonderful ambassador for MUSC and led the
Institutional Review Board to many successes.
—Suzanne Banks, retired director of Volunteer Services
I have fond memories of Rebecca through the years as a pleasant and cheerful person. Agreeable and always helpful.
—Layton McCurdy, M.D., Dean Emeritus, College of Medicine
Friday, July 24, 2009