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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has received a $420,000 gift from the estate of Dr. Jack T. Steele to finalize creation of the Jack T. Steele, M.D. Endowed Chair in Family and Preventive Medicine in the College of Medicine.
UAMS said endowed chairs allow it to recruit and retain top leaders in the medical field who can provide the best care for patients.
A chair is established with gifts of at least $1 million, which are invested. The interest proceeds are then used to support the educational, research and clinical activities of the chair holder. UAMS will name a professor to the Steele chair at a later date.
Steele died on March 6. Over several years, he gave more than $620,000 toward creation of an endowed chair. With the $420,000 estate gift, his combined lifetime giving to UAMS exceeds $1 million.
Steele was born in 1926 in Lynn (Lawrence County) and moved to Walnut Ridge (Lawrence County) at age 3. He was a cadet at the U.S. Naval Academy from 1945-1946, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1948 with degrees in psychology and philosophy.
In 1952, Steele graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine (now UAMS), and completed an internship with the St. Louis City Hospital. He then served as a Navy physician from 1954-56.
He had a longtime medical practice in the St. Louis area, and four of his sons are physicians.