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Student-Built Apothecary Cabinet
Among GDB Auction Items

Lynn Barton, a third-year student at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, spent 15 years in residential construction before starting veterinary school. While attending last year’s Gentle Doctor Benefit, the Utah native came up with the idea of using his woodworking skills to craft a project for the 2014 benefit’s auction.

The annual Gentle Doctor Benefit is a long-standing tradition that supports the College’s scholarship fund for veterinary medical students. The gala includes a live auction, silent auction and musical entertainment. It will be held at 5 p.m. April 5 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 I-70 Drive Southwest, in Columbia.

“As a veterinary student I have and continue to directly benefit from the proceeds of GDB,” Barton said. “I thoroughly enjoy contributing where I can, and though I'm unable to donate financially at this time of life, I feel I have some talents that can be of benefit to the MU CVM. Besides, it’s kind of nice to have a little something as an escape from the rigors of vet school.”

Barton began designing his apothecary cabinet last summer, and construction started in November. He enlisted the help of two fellow students, Jacob Lucas and Grant Wilburn.

“I call it an apothecary cabinet because I tried to capture some of the features of the cabinets one would see in an old pharmacy in its design,” Barton explained. “I thought it would be neat to merge old features like the small drawers a pharmacist would store his compounding ingredients in, skeleton key locks and marble countertop with modern drawers and adjustable shelves to create an eclectic yet highly functional display and storage cabinet.”

Barton has built a variety of projects before, including homes, bookcases and built-in entertainment centers.

“As a child, my friends and I were constantly building things from huts to wooden guns,” Barton said. “That continued into adulthood. I find it very satisfying to take an idea and transition it into a finished product.”

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