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Transplant Center retiree remembered for easy humor

Staff Report

Keith Richard Bennis, 43, a retired statistical analyst and researcher with MUSC’s Transplant Center, died Oct. 17 after a long illness.

Bennis  was born on Feb. 7, 1970 in Warwick, R.I. He is the son of the late Rear Admiral Richard Ellis Bennis, USCG, and Gloria Smith Bennis of Mount Pleasant. He was a graduate of the College of Charleston and retired from the MUSC Transplant Center in June 2013.

He is survived by his mother and other family. Bennis was predeceased by his wife, Tammy Rowland Bennis.

A memorial service was held Oct. 27 at J. Henry Stuhr Mount Pleasant Chapel. Memorials may be made to Hollings Cancer Center Office of Development, 86 Jonathan Lucas St., Charleston, SC 29425.

“Keith was always very quiet, but when he did speak, it was with authenticity. He was passionate about the work we do in Transplant and our patients. He was always the calm around a storm at work because he had learned to weather the storms in his own life with his illness. I will miss his presence in Transplant and what he did for our center, but I will really just miss Keith.”
—Sharon Knowles, Transplant Center

“I only knew Keith for a few months before he passed away, but he could always make me smile. He had a particular type of sense of humor that made you laugh but also made you think. He is missed by many.”
—Lorraine Kemp, R.N., Transplant Center

“Keith was always good for a laugh as long as it wasn’t in the morning.”
—Debbie Jenkins, Transplant Center

“A kind and thoughtful person who will be missed by many.”
—Lena Curry, Transplant Center

“Keith was a good man, humble, light-hearted, thoughtful of other’s feelings, an easy-go-lucky man. I had the pleasure of training him for the research  statistical analyst position; he took on the challenging position with an open mind and was eager to learn the UNOS forms and understand the interworkings of the Transplant database. He once said he had the perfect job for him. The most memorable event was Keith as the Easter Bunny at Ashley Hall for the Transplant Employees’ children Easter egg hunt.
Keith smiled a lot after he met his late wife, Tammy. I can envision Tammy putting her arms arond Keith and telling all the ladies at Heaven’s gate saying, ‘He’s my man.’ I’ll bet Keith is smiling again.” 
—Rhonda Long, Support Services-Biomedical Engineering

“Keith was a genuine person and will be missed by all.”
—Steve Naert, Main OR

“In the parade of life, it would have been so boring if you had not been a float that passed by.”
—Kimberly Goad, R.N., Transplant Center

“Keith was an inspiration to me.  He was faced with many trials and tribulations through the last few years, but refused to allow his situation to rule his life. Instead, he rose above and faced life full-on. He touched my life in a very special way and I will truly miss him.”
—Katherine B. Taylor, Transplant Center

“Your Red Sox won it this year, but your Florida Gators suck. Can’t win ‘em all buddy. Miss you. God speed.”
—Charles Watts, Transplant Center

November 22, 2013

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