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Local student hopes to follow in doctor's footsteps

March 10, 2013
  • Tyler Durr, right, of Hagerstown, is shown with Dr. Ben Carson.
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HAGERSTOWN — Dr. Ben Carson, a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, was honored at last year’s American Red Cross Hometown Heroes event at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore.

Tyler Durr of Hagerstown was a guest, one of the youngest in attendance, and had several conversations with Carson.

Tyler attended Grace Academy from kindergarten through eighth grade. He went to Boonsboro High his freshman year and graduated as a junior in 2009. He played soccer and AYSO in Boonsboro.

Tyler is a senior this year and will graduate in May from Towson University. He has a double major  in biology and neuropsychology, and a double minor in chemistry and psychology.

His goal is to follow in Carson’s footsteps and become a pediatric neurosurgeon.

He  is on the dean’s list at Towson. He accepted an internship at the Laboratory of Comparative Neuropsychology under the recommendation of Dr. Bryan Devan. He  is doing brain surgery on rats in an attempt to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease and brain disorders.

Tyler visited South Africa as a young teen and spent a month in Lisbon, Portugal, in July 2012.

Tyler is the son of James P. and Vickie Harne Durr. He is the stepson of Mary Kay Durr and Kevin Graham. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John Durr, and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Harne and Vivian A. Graham. He’s the great-grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Basil Harne.

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