A memorial service for
Bernard "Bernie" W. Deas Jr., M.D., will
be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 13 at St. Luke's
Chapel. Deas, the first African-American
to graduate from the College of Medicine
in 1971, died June 29.
A repast will be held
for the family and guests following the
memorial service in the lobby and board
room of Colcock Hall.
Deas, of El Paso,
Texas, was a Charleston native and
valedictorian of the Burke High School
Class of 1961. He attended Iowa State
University and was named a Distinguished
Military Graduate. Upon graduation, he was
commissioned as a second lieutenant in the
He later returned to
Charleston for his medical education.
As a medical
oncologist, Deas enlisted in the Army
Medical Corps and eventually served as
commander of health services at White
Sands Medical Health Clinic. He retired in
1994 with the rank of colonel. He received
many honors during his career, including
the MUSC College of Medicine's
Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1992.
Donations in honor of
Deas may be made through the College of
Medicine's online donation form at http://tinyurl.com/8r4zlh6.
For information on how to donate, contact
Candace Gillespie at firstname.lastname@example.org or