Dr. Montgomery Rice Reflects on Life and Impact of Barbara Bush


APRIL 18, 2018

Former First Lady Barbara P. Bush once wrote, “If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as unlimited rather than dull and unresponsive, then they thrive and grow to their capabilities.”

Today, we are touched by her elegance and saddened by her departure. We take note of the substantial impact she has left on our country, world, and our MSM community. We offer our sincere condolences to her husband President George H.W. Bush and their family.

Mrs. Bush always exhibited strength, class, and character and had a long devotion to, and relationship with, Morehouse School of Medicine. Mrs. Bush was a great humanitarian and touched many here.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush became a committed trustee of Morehouse School of Medicine from 1983 to 1989, lending her time and talents to our Institution. During her tenure as trustee, she stated, “Morehouse School of Medicine has made a profound difference in the lives of countless people.”

Dr. Peter R. MacLeish was the first incumbent of the George H. W. and Barbara P. Bush Endowed Professorship in Neuroscience and expressed that, “the Neuroscience community extends condolences to President George H. W. Bush and to the entire Bush family and pledges to continue its commitment to excellence in basic science research and to education in her memory.” He continued, “I will always remember her humor and will forever be grateful for her long-term support of Morehouse School of Medicine, and the installation of the George H. W. and Barbara P. Bush Endowed Professorship in Neuroscience.”

We are grateful for her passion, grace and grit. Her lifetime commitment to MSM’s vision and mission will always be a treasured memory and remain an example of her believing in the power of what is possible.

Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D.
President and Dean
Morehouse School of Medicine

Click here to read Morehouse School of Medicine President Emeritus Dr. Louis W. Sullivan's full statement on the passing of former First Lady Barbara P. Bush


Barbara Bush at Morehouse School of Medicine's 5th Convocation
October 6, 1989 - Former First Lady and Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) trustee Barbara P. Bush speaks with then-MSM Board Chairman Dr. Clinton E. Warner prior to giving the keynote address at MSM's 5th Convocation and receiving her Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree.


About the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is focused on fulfilling its mission by providing access to family literacy programs in which both parents and children work toward their educational goals. When families share a love of reading, children have a far greater chance to live more productive and healthier lives, graduate from high school and obtain a better job. Supporting family literacy programs is a win-win for parents and children where they acquire basic literacy skills that help them advance their education and provide greater opportunities to succeed.

About Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)
Founded in 1975, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians, biomedical scientists, and public health professionals. In 2011, MSM was recognized by Annals of Internal Medicine as the nation’s No. 1 medical school in fulfilling a social mission. MSM faculty and alumni are noted for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care.

Morehouse School of Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctoral and master's degrees. To learn more about programs and donate today, please visit www.msm.edu or call 404-752-1500.