Extraordinary People Come in All Sizes; Planned Giving Helps Pave the Way
Endowment Provides Financial Aid for Students Specializing in Oncology
Negie Greene, a petite Jackie Kennedy look-alike with an extensive vocabulary, was your typical southern lady, according to her family. She loved to entertain guests and volunteer, all while being engaged in a career of her own. But what made her and makes her legacy extraordinary was her passion for life and compassion for people.
Negie, born in Sheridan, Arkansas, died in 1993 at the age of 82. She and her husband, Orval, had no children, and she became a widow in 1988 after Orval lost his battle with kidney cancer.
Shortly after her loss, Negie established a trust that ensured financial stability for the lifetimes of her and her three sisters and sisters-in-law, after which the remaining assets were to be given to UAMS. She stipulated that her trust be used as an endowment to create a student loan fund for students interested in oncology or other cancer-related fields.
Negie lived in Little Rock most of her life. Her professional career ranged from teaching in the Sheridan School District to being head of personnel for M.M. Cohn.
She had a passion for mental health services and was an avid volunteer in the mental health arena, for which she received numerous awards and recognition.
She was active in medical and dental auxiliary organizations as well. It was her service in the auxiliary that allowed her to interact with medical students, which led to her extraordinary gift. She grew fond of them and identified with their lack of financial resources: She and her husband struggled while he attended dental school in Memphis shortly after they were married.
Orval was in the Navy and Marines and served in World War II as a medic in the battle of Guadalcanal before attending dental school. He established a dental practice in Little Rock shortly after graduating.
What's So Extraordinary?
Most students need help paying for graduate education. For example, medical tuition and fees at UAMS for the 2009–10 academic year are around $19,000 for Arkansas residents and $35,000 for out-of-state residents. On top of tuition and fees, students typically have an additional $18,000 in other expenses.
Negie's foresight to plan for her and her family's future and her ultimate generous gift to UAMS is extraordinary because it helps ensure that the mission of UAMS–teaching, healing, searching and serving–lives on much like her legacy will.