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College opens new lab
Bob Torras Sr. and his wife, Susan, sat smiling in a crowd of staff and students at the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick Monday.

The occasion: the unveiling of the Susan Marten Torras Health Assessment Laboratory in the college's Miriam and Hugh Nunnally Health and Science Building.

The new lab was made possible through a donation by Bob Torras Sr., a successful Brunswick business man, in honor of his wife, a registered nurse.

Valerie Hepburn, president of the college, thanked the Torras family for their dedication to the school and said the health assessment lab will be a crucial asset for the college.

Patricia Kraft, head of the nursing and science department, shared the gratitude of the students. She said many of them were looking forward to utilizing the lab for immediate feedback that will help better prepare them for the nursing profession.

Torras Sr. took the opportunity to thank those in attendance, including several of his own grandchildren, many of whom have attended the college at some point.

"Susan (Torras) was a registered nurse and this is close to her heart. We really wanted to do something nice for the school while Dr. Hepburn was still here. She's been an integral part of the community and the college," he said.

* Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.

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