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Campus Garden Honors Pharmacy Student

Josh Neal was scheduled to be one of our inaugural third year pharmacy students on the Northwest Campus.  He sadly lost his battle with a seizure disorder in the fall of 2010. 

Discussion began last spring about the best way to honor his memory on the Northwest Campus.  Because Neal was an avid gardener, paying tribute with green thumbs was a natural fit. “He was sports, he was gardening, and he was biology,” said Neal’s wife, Laura. “I mean, that was him in a nutshell.”

After much planning and generous donations of time and funding, more than a dozen students, faculty, staff, and volunteers spent a hot, humid day in July constructing the memorial garden in a 10-by-30-foot outdoor space on the north side of the UAMS Northwest campus facing the Veteran’s Administration Hospital.   

The group planted various plants, flowers, and a tree as well as installed a watering system.  The garden includes two tables with chairs, four crape myrtles, a maple tree, hydrangeas, azaleas, boxwoods, cone flowers, lamb’s ears and ivy. The space also includes a bench inscribed with Neal’s name.

 The maintenance and seasonal planting will be done by the students with help from faculty and staff.  A dedication ceremony was held on November 3. 

 So, here’s to Josh!  Although he never attended class on this campus, he will be remembered every day.  ¤