Carol Silverstrom Trust Gives Over $1 Million to Support Nursing, Cancer Programs at UAMS

By Benjamin Waldrum

Silverstrom, who died in April, named UAMS as a beneficiary of her trust.

“We are humbled by the generosity of Carol Silverstrom’s gift to the College of Nursing,” said Dean Patricia Cowan, Ph.D., RN. “These funds will be used to establish a professorship in nursing to support nursing innovators in teaching and practice.”

“This generous gift from the Silverstrom Trust is so meaningful and timely as we pursue National Cancer Institute Designation,” said Michael J. Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute director and UAMS vice chancellor. “We will put these funds to immediate use in support of our growing clinical trial, research and outreach efforts.”

Silverstrom was a longtime employee of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Arkansas District Office in Little Rock. She retired in 2017 after 37 years with the agency and more than 40 years with the federal government.

In her spare time, Silverstrom volunteered as an advocate for nursing home residents. She also was passionate about enabling more potential nurses to attend nursing school.

UAMS will also recognize Silverstrom as a member of the 1879 Society, which recognizes philanthropists who have made transformative bequests to the university.

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