1879 Society


Transforming: Health care of Arkansas


Helping: The people of Arkansas


Recognizing: Who made it possible

Philanthropists transforming the future of Medicine

Since its founding in 1879, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been transforming health care in Arkansas. Life-changing health care, education and research would not be possible without the philanthropic support of our generous benefactors. The 1879 Society was formed to recognize philanthropists who have made transformative bequests to the university.

The first known donor to make an estate commitment to UAMS was Isaac Folsom, M.D., who in 1892 bequeathed $20,000 to build a clinic where medical students could practice and treat needy patients, free of charge. Dr. Folsom’s generosity is still remembered today with an acknowledgment on the diploma of every College of Medicine graduate. Since that time, hundreds of individuals have left bequests to UAMS.

These gifts have allowed UAMS to train world-class doctors, provide leading patient care and perform research producing groundbreaking medical treatments. The 1879 Society’s mission is to recognize all living philanthropists who have committed to transforming the future of medicine with a bequest to UAMS, and to remember those benefactors who are no longer with us. If you have remembered UAMS with a bequest in your will, trust, life insurance, retirement plan or any other method, it would be our privilege to welcome you to this society.

Thank you in advance for you gift! Your support is treasured. We are so grateful to have another philanthropist joining us in our work to transform the future of medicine.


The 1879 Society’s mission is to recognize all individuals who have committed to transforming the future of medicine with a bequest to UAMS.  If you have remembered UAMS with a bequest in your will, trust, life insurance, retirement plan or any other method, it would be our privilege to welcome you to this society.  There will be a special dinner hosted by our Chancellor this fall recognizing all members of the 1879 Society.  You can join by filling out the form below or by contacting Tim Dockery or any member of the Advancement Team.

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