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Dr. John Garrett Remembers Positive NU Experience and Lifelong Friend


Even though he attended Niagara for only two years (1940-1942), Dr. John Garrett never forgot the positive experience he received; nor did he forget his roommate and lifelong friend, Robert (Bob) Gorman’43. Dr. Garrett recently attended Alumni Weekend 2018 to join Bob, who was celebrating his 75th reunion.

After leaving Niagara in 1942 for military duty, Dr. Garrett deliberated about returning to Niagara to finish his degree, but decided instead to apply to Harvard Medical School early admission. He credits a robust science curriculum, coupled with discipline and good study habits taught by the Vincentians and faculty, for his acceptance.

After a successful career in internal medicine with a focus on nephrology, Dr. Garrett now resides in rural Augusta, Mo., where he enjoys reading, gardening, baseball, and all things outdoors.

In addition to being a generous donor to the Niagara Fund, Dr. Garrett also established the Brian Garrett Memorial Scholarship in memory of his son.

In appreciation for the education he received, Dr. Garrett recently became a member of the Heritage Society by naming Niagara University as beneficiary of an Individual Retirement Account.

Dr. Garrett recognizes that the benefits of making an estate gift by naming Niagara as beneficiary of part or all of your IRA are significant:

  • No federal income tax is due on the funds that pass to Niagara
  • There is no federal estate tax on the funds
  • You can make a significant gift for the programs you support at Niagara

For more information, please call the Office of Planned Giving at 716-286-8791 or email Marilyn Koren for details about making a transfer of beneficiary.