The David Raft Community Outreach and Education Endowment
The David Raft Community Outreach and Education Endowment was created by the NCPF through a generous gift from Elizabeth Raft, MD, in memory of her late husband, David Raft, MD. The first David Raft Fellowship was awarded in fall 2007. Each year, one student or trainee applicant enrolled in or planning to enroll in one of the North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society’s training programs is selected to receive the fellowship to help defray the costs of tuition. The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society, administers the selection process. For additional information on eligibility and selection criteria, and to obtain an application, please contact Lisa Long at (919) 490-3212 or [email protected].
Equally comfortable with internal medicine, psychopharmacology and psychoanalysis or a combination of those he could and would respond to emergencies with the same generosity and excellence he showed in providing psychoanalytic supervision. Dr. Raft wrote on diverse topics including depression in medical patients, anorexia nervosa, sexual problems, psychopharmacological prescribing by non-psychiatrists, somatization, and therapeutic abortion.
Dr. Raft’s real love was teaching, supervising and conducting psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Those he supervised and mentored remember him as a dedicated teacher of the craft. The Raft Fellowship will provide financial support in order to share his professional values with new generations of students and psychoanalysts.
Priscilla Freeman Endowment
Dr. and Mrs. David Freeman established the Priscilla Freeman Endowment in 2013 to honor their daughter’s memory and to support programs for the healthy development of children. The Freemans shared, “We are creating this endowment to support the programs for children. We think they are the best way to help children develop to their full potential.”
When she was sixteen, she flew alone to Luxembourg, went by train to a small village in Switzerland, and then flew to join schoolmates on a safari in Kenya, led by Zora Rashkis, the NC Teacher of the Year. Despite altitude sickness, she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Back home, she was on the Chapel Hill High School (CHHS) coed soccer team that won the state championship. In her senior year, she was team manager. Priscilla was instrumental in forming a CHHS girls’ soccer team and in opening the Clemson Soccer Camp to girls. She was a National Merit Scholar semifinalist. The family hosted an Indonesian AFS-USA student that same year.
Priscilla Freeman passed away suddenly of meningococcemia in March of 1976 at the age of 18. She had been accepted to Humboldt State University in California and had plans to study forestry.