Faces of Change

Anita Smith Lunsford - Giving Back Through History

Anita Smith 2008-webIf Anita is fascinated with history, it may be because she has a knack for being in the right place at the right times to watch it happen. While an intern at The Atlanta Journal, she helped cover Alabama Gov. George Wallace’s infamous stand in the schoolhouse door; when she joined the staff of The Birmingham News, she returned to a city beset by race riots and KKK rallies.

Smith has also had a front-row to much of the history at the School of Nursing, which, while not as turbulent as the other history going on around her, was still quite eventful. When she was just an undergraduate student at the University of Alabama, Smith met the SON’s first dean, Florence Hixson, through roommates who were nursing students; at The Birmingham News, she was first placed in the role of the newspaper’s medical editor, and she witnessed the school’s move from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham, as well as the tenure of its second dean, Marie O’Koren. Since then, she has developed close personal relationships with each of the school’s deans, so when she calls the SON uniquely blessed in terms of leadership, she knows whereof she speaks.


Worthington-Cargo Family Creates Scholarship

worthington-cargoCreated by longtime Birmingham residents Allan D. and Nancy Cargo Worthington, the Worthington-Cargo Family Endowed Nursing Scholarship pays tribute to Allan and Shirley Worthington and Sam and Nannie Cargo. Reflecting on the difficulties they faced in trying to find proper medical care for their elderly parents, the Worthingtons directed their endowment to support students in the SON Doctor of Nursing Practice who intend to pursue advanced specializations in adult gerontology.

“The help that the Worthington-Cargo and Scokel-Honeycutt families have given the SON shows just how dramatic effect individuals can have on the health care of the entire state. We are incredibly grateful to them for their support for our school and the nursing profession as a whole,” said Doreen Harper, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of the UAB School of Nursing.


Scokels and Honeycutts Honored by Friends and Family

Members of the Scokel and Honeycutt families and friends have endowed a scholarship in the UAB School of Nursing to honor two couples with deep roots in the Birmingham area. The Dr. Paul W. Scokel III and Mary Lou Scokel and William A. and Christine R. Honeycutt Endowed Scholarship pays tribute to these two couples and will aid nursing students for years to come.

“This significant and generous gift will be a tremendous boost to both students and the School of Nursing,” says Doreen Harper, PhD. RN, FAAN, Dean of the School of Nursing. “The students who receive the scholarship will be able to focus on their studies without having to worry about where their tuition money is coming from, and our school is the better equipped to attract the best and most capable scholars.”