Dr. Laurie Miller Spencer
The family of Dr. Laurie Miller Spencer, who was murdered in March by her ex-boyfriend while she was sleeping, recently established a memorial scholarship fund in her honor. Spencer, a graduate of the Levittown School District, has many local family members and friends who wish to help others the way Spencer did throughout her life.
To help keep her memory alive, the family decided to award the annual scholarship to a female student at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM), of which Spencer was an alumna, who is planning a career in emergency medicine and needs financial assistance to get through college. NYCOM is one of eight schools that make up the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT).
Spencer, a graduate of MacArthur High School, lived in Mansfield, Ohio, at the time of her death. In Mansfield, she worked as an emergency room physician at a local hospital.
"I can't imagine a more appropriate tribute to my sister. My family and I need desperately to do something to combat this planned act of horror that took my sister's life, and shattered all our lives as well," Spencer's younger sister, Annielynn told the Mansfield Journal of the scholarship fund. "We cannot bring her back; we can barely comprehend the violence that has been laid at our feet. But we can put our energy and our efforts into memorializing her through this scholarship fund."
The scholarship was designed to help a student who wants to save other people's lives through a career in emergency medicine, as Spencer had in her life. In essence, the family hopes the scholarship will be awarded to "a dedicated individual who exemplifies the goals and ideals of Laurie." The family chose to write "She Saved Lives" at the bottom of Spencer's headstone, along with a Hebrew prayer, to honor her hard work and dedication to others throughout her life. Spencer was buried at the Beth Moses Cemetery in Farmingdale.
The scholarship will be awarded annually at Spencer's college at graduation. The first scholarship is expected to be presented at the college next spring during a pre-graduation awards ceremony. A fund has been set up at NYIT. Donations, which are tax deductible, may be sent to: Dr. Laurie Miller Spencer Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Arthur and Leona Miller, 3634 Regent Lane, Wantagh NY 11793. Checks may be made payable to NYIT - Laurie Miller Spencer Scholarship. All contributors will receive acknowledgement for their donations.
For more information, residents may contact Spencer's sister Annielynn Miller at 796-5258 or email her at MyNeshama@msn.com.