Donor Stories

A planned gift is an investment in the future of UAB and the community we serve. Generous, forward-thinking donors have made planned gifts to programs ranging from scholarships to endowed chairs to research and more—all because of how UAB has touched their lives.

Gwendolyn McWhorter

Twenty Years in the Making—Gwendolyn McWhorter’s Legacy Lives on at UAB

Longtime public health champion Gwendolyn McWhorter, Ph.D., was a visionary. As the population continued to age, she foresaw the need to focus more on the health needs of the elderly. She deepened her commitment to the cause by creating The Gwen McWhorter Endowed Chair in Geriatric Medicine at UAB. More

Karmie Johnson

Caring for the Future: A Conversation with a Faculty Donor

“You’re never too young to give back to an organization that has contributed to your success,” says Dr. Karmie Johnson, D.N.P. In this interview, find out why (and how) she’s using her retirement plan assets to inspire innovation and advocacy for tomorrow’s leaders. More

Dr. William Kutteh and Dr. Carol Kutteh

Honoring an Extraordinary Career

“Hopefully everyone can look back on their career and identify a few key individuals and mentors who encouraged them to continue on their path,” says alumnus William Kutteh, M.D., Ph.D. “Dr. Mestecky was one of those key mentors for me.” See how William and his wife, alumna Carol Kutteh, M.D., are using their will to honor this great mentor. More

Mark Berry

Channeling a History and Forging a Future

“I worked for what I have. I don’t have much, but what I have, I share.” These are words Dr. Mark Berry’s grandfather would often say. It was this same sense of generosity that inspired Berry to establish an endowed engineering scholarship at UAB in his grandfather’s name. More

Adam Gordon

The Gift of Vision

As a graduate of the optometry program, professor and current department chair, Dr. Adam Gordon's commitment to UAB runs deep. Uncover the smart way he chose to give back in an effort to increase diverse representation in this key healthcare field. More

Sharon and Stephen Cook

Tikkun Olam: A Duty to Heal the World

They turned to UAB for their education and medical care. Now, the Cooks are giving back with an endowed scholarship to the Honors College to support traditionally disadvantaged students. More

Keith and Mary Bowers

Playing it Forward—A Life Generously Lived and Cheered On

Keith and Mary Bowers were loyal fans of UAB sports. In particular, they had a soft spot for the women’s softball team, generously supporting the program to make it the success it is today. More

Richard and Gloria deShazo

Better Health for All

UAB alumnus and Birmingham native Richard D. deShazo, M.D., MACP, is using his estate plan to provide scholarship support with the goal of increasing the number of underrepresented groups at the School of Medicine and addressing health disparities in the state. More

Bridget Arnold Cobb

A Daughter, a Father and His Tape Recorder

UAB alumna Bridget Arnold Cobb, M.D., made a planned gift to establish a scholarship in honor of her father and the role he played in helping her realize her dream. More

Dwayne and Migleida Chatoney

Gratitude for a Life Saved

After receiving lifesaving cancer treatment at UAB, Dwayne Chatoney was searching for a meaningful way to say thank you. His solution: a charitable remainder trust. More

Donna Slovensky, Neeysa Biddle and Christy Harris Lemak

Leaders With a Legacy

Three women—Donna Slovensky, Neeysa Biddle and Christy Harris Lemak—created planned gifts that give back to the UAB School of Health Professions. Their gifts also pay it forward so other deserving students can access the same educational opportunities that they had. More

Carolyn Ashworth

Leaving a Legacy

Retired physician Carolyn Ashworth pledged a legacy gift to support three UAB subspecialties close to her heart and encourages other faculty and staff to give back to the School of Medicine.  More

Torrey DeKeyser

The Gift of Sight

Torrey DeKeyser knows vision is precious. She is blind in one eye and her husband, Armand, has glaucoma. It isn't surprising then that the couple wants to invest in the future of eye care and vision research. Using their IRA, they are leaving a legacy of support for the Department of Ophthalmology in the UAB School of Medicine. More

Mary Sullivan

Empowering Students Interested in Public Health

Mary Sullivan established a scholarship in honor of her mother at the UAB School of Public Health. The scholarship solidifies her legacy and supports students in need. More

Rick Guilbeau

Winning Move

Rick Guilbeau didn't attend UAB, but that doesn't stop him from being a #1 fan in the stands. His legacy gift to the athletics program is a testament to his unending support. More

Jeanne Welch

Full Circle

Social work alumna Jeanne Welch gives back to the program that educated and inspired her. More

Dr. Peyton R. Bryars III

Family Ties

There is a growing shortage of primary care physicians in the United States. Dr. Peyton R. Bryars III hopes his gift will inspire more students to pursue a primary care career. At the same time, his gift honors his parents' commitment to providing him with a quality education. More

Deborah and Clarence Pouncey

Committed to Discovery

Deborah and Clarence Pouncey support localized cancer research after Deborah battled breast cancer. She says her treatment at UAB made remission possible. More

Carol and Myron Fottler

Leaving a Legacy in Health Services Administration

Myron and Carol Fottler provided a gift to UAB in their estate plan. The fund will help support doctoral students with tuition and other fees. More

Bill and Joan Edmonds

Creating a Legacy Out of a Lifelong Love of Music

Music and the arts always played a central role in the lives of Bill and Joan Edmonds. More

Don and Marsha Hire

One Family's Legacy of Giving Back

Bolstered by the example set by his parents, a doctor and his family continue a longstanding tradition of looking out for others. More

Don and Marsha Hire

Supporting Athletics, Building Birmingham

Don and Marsha Hire aren’t UAB alumni, or Birmingham natives. But the connections they developed through Gene Bartow, along with their generosity, have helped the UAB athletics program—and the Magic City—grow. More


Alumna's Life Comes Full Circle

Ask School of Medicine 1963 alumna Betty W. Vaughan, M.D., to describe attending medical school in the 1960s, and one word comes to her mind: Fun.   More


Giving From the Heart

The day Josh Hirsch was born in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1980, his parents Terry and Elissa Hirsch were confronted by a series of percentages.   More


'One Day' Is Now: Donor Funds Scholarship Now, With Planned Gift Still to Come

In 2000, Carol Medders made a gift through her estate plan so that students from the UAB School of Health Professions would benefit one day.   More

The McCoys

A Gift That Keeps on Giving: Walter and D’Anne McCoy

When D’Anne McCoy talks about her beloved late husband, Dr. Walter Clayton McCoy, you can feel the passion he had for practicing medicine and caring for patients.  More

Dr. Barbara A. Gower

Father Honors Daughters with Gift to Nursing

Bill Howton had a nearly lifelong attachment to UAB. It was the place he earned his Bachelor of Arts in history in 1976. It was where he and his beloved wife, Gloria Goldstein Howton, attended concerts and lectures.  More »


Kimberley S. Coppock, J.D.
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