The family of WSU neuroscience graduate Peter Zornes holds an annual golf tournament in his honor. Proceeds will go toward the Peter A. Zornes Memorial Neuroscience Scholarship.
"Peter was very active in sports and in his community,” said Peter’s mother Kathy Zornes, who is organizing the event. “This is our way of honoring his memory."
Peter Zornes was raised in Oakesdale, a small town in eastern Washington. It came as no surprise that he followed his father (’71 B.S.) and his mother (’74 B.A.) to Washington State University. Since his ultimate goal was to become a physician, he was excited to find that WSU had a brand new neuroscience program, where he focused his learning and found a new passion.
He graduated cum laude from WSU in 2003 with a degree in neuroscience and began the arduous task of applying to medical school. In order to increase his chances for acceptance, he took a position as research associate in asthma and allergy at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where he worked for 18 months.
During this time, one of his mentors wrote of Peter: “He has the rare combination of drive, intelligence and compassion. All these qualities will go a long way toward making a fine physician.” He then returned to Whitman County where he was to begin a research position with a newly formed bio-tech firm. This was not to be, however, as he was killed three weeks prior to the start of that job at the age of 25.
“Part of what we want to do, in addition to fundraising, is provide a really good time for everyone who attends, share memories, and make new friends and new memories,” said Kathy Zornes.