Trammels Make UAMS Part of Estate Plan

By David Wise

Once distributed, the gift will bring the Trammel’s total financial support of the Northwest Campus to more than $100,000.

Dick Trammel has more than 20 years of volunteer service to UAMS and the UAMS Northwest Campus. He is a life member of the UAMS Northwest Campus Advisory Board and serves on the UAMS Regional Programs Community Advisory Board. He also served on the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Foundation Fund Board and the UAMS Foundation Fund Board.

A native of Pocahontas, Ark., Dick Trammel graduated from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. After college, Trammel returned to his hometown and was active in the cotton gin and grain elevator business. He then became vice president and was a founding director of Planters and Stockmen Bank.

In 1975, he moved to Rogers, Ark., to become a vice president of First National Bank & Trust Company, which later became Arvest Bank, Rogers. He has called Rogers home ever since. Prior to his retirement in December 2018, he served as executive vice president, a member of the board of directors and board secretary.

Nancy L. Trammel is a native of Augusta, Ark. With a knack for business, Nancy focused her career on banking and retired from Simmons Bank in Little Rock.

“I know UAMS well,” Nancy said. “The Cancer Institute cared for my mother. We went to UAMS believing mother’s days were limited. Instead, we had her with us for several quality years. I am personally grateful to UAMS for helping my family through a difficult time. We all have health issues. Dick and I believe there is no better place to invest than in our community’s health.”

In recognition of their years of dedicated service and philanthropy, the UAMS Northwest Campus will recognize the Trammel’s with a tribute to be exhibited in the Northwest Campus’ main conference room.

Dick Trammel has also been a long-time supporter of the Northwest Arkansas medical community. He is a founding director, director emeritus and past chairman of the Northwest Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute (NARTI). He received the 1997 Distinguished Service Award from the Arkansas Hospital Association for his work with NARTI. He served on the Board of Directors for Mercy Health Systems of Northwest Arkansas from 2002-2008 and is a past chairman and board member of the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas. He also recently completed 10 years of service to the state as a member of the Arkansas State Highway Commission.

“I want to thank Dick and Nancy for including us in their giving plan,” said Pearl McElfish, vice chancellor of the UAMS Northwest Campus. “The Trammels have long championed quality health care in Northwest Arkansas, and this gift is one more example of their generous spirit.”


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