CEO Profile: J. Thomas May's Honors Stack Up

by Gwen Moritz  on Monday, Mar. 26, 2012 12:00 am  

Tommy May, CEO of Simmons First National Bank, had a long resume of education, experience and honors even before his diagnosis with ALS more than six years ago. But after his illness became public knowledge, the recognition has stacked up.

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Little Rock construction company owner Bill Clark and his wife, Margaret, made a $1 million donation to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in May 2006 to establish the J. Thomas May Chair in Oncology. (A year later, Bill Clark died of cancer.)

In 2008, UAMS dedicated the J. Thomas May Center for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research, which is supported by more than $1 million in gifts to UAMS from friends and colleagues of May.

Money continued to be raised for UAMS through the sale of red wrist bands bearing the words "I support ALS research in the honor of Tommy May."

The J. Thomas May Fieldhouse at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff was completed in 2008, and in February 2010, May and the late Bill Clark were inducted simultaneously into the University of Arkansas Business Hall of Fame.



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