Sam Whichard (center), his attorney Kathy Brown van Zutphen (left) and Monica Marlowe (right), chief advancement officer for William Carey University.

Sam Whichard lost his wife of 41 years to cancer. Now he is fighting the disease. The professional care and personal attention he and his wife received has led him to make a contribution that will further healthcare education in Mississippi.

He is honoring his wife’s memory by establishing the Martha Elizabeth Whichard Endowed Chair of Nursing at the William Carey University Tradition campus in Biloxi.