/////Family of First Chancellor Donates Organ to UAMS Chapel
Family of First Chancellor Donates Organ to UAMS Chapel 2018-01-05T09:16:50+00:00

JULY 28, 2006 | The legacy of the first UAMS chancellor can now be heard and not just seen.


The family of the late James Dennis, M.D., the first to hold the position of chancellor at UAMS, recently donated his theatre organ to the campus. A July 13 dedication ceremony celebrated the gift of the electric organ, now in the Samuel Moore Walton Chapel at UAMS.


Dennis’ daughter, UAMS associate librarian Connie Wilson, said her father loved to play the organ at his home. He started playing after a war injury left his right arm partially paralyzed. Playing the organ help strengthen the injured arm, she said.


“He was always so gracious,” said UAMS Chancellor I. Dodd Wilson, M.D., in recounting his meetings with Dennis. “He really left a legacy for us. We thank the family for this special gift.”


Wilson mentioned Dennis’ work in the creation of the Area Health Education Centers and the move of the UAMS Department of Pediatrics to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Named for Dennis, who died in January 2006, the James L. Dennis Developmental Center on the ACH campus provides clinical services to developmentally disabled children.


Dennis, who led the campus from 1970-1979 was initially appointed vice president for health sciences. The job title was changed to chancellor in 1975.


Wilson was joined by UAMS Chaplain George Hankins-Hull and several UAMS employees to thank the members of the Dennis family. Two children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren crowded around the organ for photos after the ceremony.



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Past UAMS Chancellors and Administrators: http://www.uams.edu/chancellor/past/


Samuel Moore Walton Chapel: http://www.uams.edu/cpe/chapel/default.asp