Dr. William L. Woolverton
Dr. William L. Woolverton, an internationally known behavioral science and drug-abuse researcher and mentor to dozens of medical residents and scientists-in-training, died June 13 at UMMC. He was 62.
Woolverton joined the UMMC faculty in 1993 as professor of psychiatry and human behavior. In 2010, UMMC leaders named him a Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor.
In his research, Woolverton aimed to improve the understanding of interactions between pharmacological, environmental and neurochemical variables that control drug abuse.
He served as vice chair of research in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, led the Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience's behavioral core and was instrumental in starting UMMC's Program in Neuroscience.
Originally from Birmingham, Ala., Woolverton earned his Ph.D. in pharmacological and physiological sciences at the University of Chicago in 1977 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia in 1980.
He is survived by his wife, Candy, and two children, Chris and Lucy. A memorial service took place June 16 at Wright and Ferguson in Ridgeland. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Woolverton Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 12974, Jackson, MS 39236-2974.
Martha Snavely, the wife of the Medical Center's first Department of Medicine chair, Dr. Robert Snavely, died June 9. She was 97.
Snavely was known for being active in UMMC events and activities throughout her life.
Memorials may be made in Snavely's name payable to the UMMC Department of Medicine Trainee Scholarship Fund and sent to the Office of Development.