Julian Banton and his daughters, Courtney Banton Alford and Stephanie Banton Troutman, have chosen an especially thoughtful and meaningful way to honor the memory of Donna Banton and also provide academic excellence and visionary guidance for nursing students by establishing the Donna Brown Banton Endowed Professorship in the School of Nursing. This endowment will continue Donna's legacy through the continued training and education of nurses at the UAB School of Nursing. Specifically, this professorship will allow a qualified faculty member to serve as the facilitator of the school's new Post-Baccalaureate Residency Program, an initiative launched in May to provide a series of learning and work experiences focusing on patient care in UAB Hospital's acute-care areas.


Donna earned widespread respect for her faithful willingness to serve the communities where the family lived, first Richmond, Virginia, and later Birmingham. Before her untimely death in February 2004, she enjoyed a successful career in education and also played very active leadership roles in several women's clubs as well as Canterbury United Methodist Church.


"Courtney, Stephanie, and I consider this gift to the nursing school to be a fitting tribute to Donna," says Julian Banton. "Any family facing a life-ending illness has a special need for effective and compassionate nursing care, and we feel that the School of Nursing at UAB is in a unique position to develop greater numbers of nurses who can provide the demanding skill needed to care for acutely ill patients.


I encourage people to consider endowing a professorship. What greater gift honors a loved one? It is an incredible strategic investment, one that will have profound impact on the delivery of health care. This talented faculty will be teaching and guiding our future nurses and inspiring other faculty to even greater advancements."


For more information please contact:
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations
218 School of Nursing Building
1701 University Boulevard
Phone: (205) 975-8936
Fax: 205-934-0269

Mr. Thomas (Tom) Jernigan Sr. recalls that it was his good friend Robert (Bob) Luckie Jr. who suggested he endow a scholarship for the School of Nursing. That prompted Tom and his wife, Donna, to donate the funds to create the Jernigan Endowed Nursing Scholarship in 1991.


Over the years the couple has continued to generously support the UAB School of Nursing.   As they have learned more about the nursing profession, they recognized that a valuable role nurses play in health care.  To encourage future generations of nurses to dedicate themselves to giving their patients competent, personalized care, Mr. and Mrs. Jernigan recently pledged additional funds for the endowed scholarship.


“The Jernigans’ commitment to supporting scholarships has had a tremendous impact on the lives of more than a dozen nursing students since their gift established the endowment in 1991.  Those students are now in professional practice, thanks to Tom and Donna’s foresight and generously, and they are now doing real work for nursing-providing excellent care to patients and their families, “ notes Rachel Z. Booth. Ph.D., R.N., Dean of the School of Nursing.  “This additional gift will support even more students in years to come.”


 “We are most grateful to Tom and Donna Jernigan for their generous support of the School of Nursing,” adds Shirley Salloway Khan, Ph.D., vice president for development, alumni, and external relations.  “This endowment will continue to make a tremendous difference in the lives of our students who have the potential to become our leaders of tomorrow.  The Jernigans have truly made an investment in the future of health care.” 

For more information please contact:
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations
218 School of Nursing Building
1701 University Boulevard
Phone: (205) 975-8936
Fax: 205-934-0269

Jean Riley Tomlinson greatly appreciates the quality health care she and her family has received at University Hospital over the past 55 years, and she is especially thankful for the excellent care her husband, Jack O. Tomlinson has received over the past 17 years from the staff of the Department of Cardiology.  “UAB doctors and nurses saved his like more than once” she emphasizes, “and will be forever grateful for their skill and compassion.” 

“My many years of serving the School of Nursing Board of Visitors have provided me one way to show my appreciation to those doctors and nurses, “ adds Mrs. Tomlinson, who is a charter member of the board and served as the second chair. “Setting up this endowed scholarship, which I hope will give preference to students with demonstrated financial need and who intend to pursue a career in cardiac nursing, is another way to express my gratitude.”


“Jean’s investment of time and energy has significantly benefited our school over many years of service on the Board of Visitors,” notes Dean Rachel Z. Booth, Ph.D., R.N.  “She has worked tirelessly and cheerfully to make the Boards annual fund raising event a success, and she has provided us with so many good ideas and much good advice too.  By establishing this scholarship, Jean is ensuring that her investment will continue to bring returns for generations to come.”


“The School of Nursing could not have achieved or sustained its outstanding reputation for innovation and excellence in educating healthcare professionals without the strong commitment of faithful supporters such as Mrs. Tomlinson. We greatly appreciate all the time she has given to support the school’s programs and activities, and we are especially grateful for the endowed scholarship she has established, “notes Shirley Salloway Kahn, Ph.D., vice president for development, alumni and external relations.

For more information please contact:
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations
218 School of Nursing Building
1701 University Boulevard
Phone: (205) 975-8936
Fax: 205-934-0269

Maintaining the Momentum:  Fall/Winter 2005-2006


Graduate and Professional Education Thelma Walker Mitchell graduated from the Hillman Hospital School of Nursing (now part of UAB) in 1941. After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, she devoted her public life to improving the health of others. She worked as a consultant for the Alabama State Department of Public Health, served as president of the Alabama State Nurses Association, and also volunteered as a “Pink Lady.” Mrs. Mitchell passed away in October 2001, but her legacy of unselfish
service to others continues through the Thelma Walker Mitchell Endowed Nursing Scholarship, established through a gift from her estate.

For more information please contact:
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations
218 School of Nursing Building
1701 University Boulevard
Phone: (205) 975-8936
Fax: 205-934-0269