Arkansan who left legacy recalled by family, friends

— The life of the late Dr. Jill Trice, noted California pediatric neurologist and Philander Smith College graduate, was celebrated during a jazz brunch Aug. 27 in Nugent Hall of the college’s Harry R. Kendall Health Science and Mission Building.

Saxophonist Marquis Hunt and Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers - featuring Block on trumpet - performed for Philander Smith alumni and other guests, who dined on a Louisiana-flavored feast featuring fried catfish and shrimp, crawfish etouffee, “seafood creole,” baked tilapia on braised greens, Crab Newburg, gumbo, red beans and rice, and assorted desserts.

Yvonne Alexander , director of alumni affairs, welcomed attendees. JesseTrice, husband to Jill Trice and event sponsor, gave the purpose of the gathering. Sandra Mitchell and Jearlene Miller offered tributes. Rodney Parks, director of development for the college, served as master of ceremonies for the program, which was highlighted by a slide show.

The Jill Trice Endowment Scholarship Fund was established by Trice’s family. Proceeds from the brunch will benefit the fund.

High Profile, Pages 47 on 09/04/2011

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