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Long-time donor’s gifts honor late husband’s legacy

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The University of North Florida’s Brooks College of Health has produced hundreds of talented health care professionals dedicated to promoting the wellness of their communities. That’s a point of pride for one University donor who has sought to honor her late husband’s commitment to quality medical care by supporting a University on the rise.

Constance Stewart Green has been a generous UNF benefactor for years. In 2003, she made a $125,000 gift to fund scholarships for physical therapy and athletic training students. The grant was made in honor of her late husband, Dr. C. Stanton Green, who wrote the syllabus for the first anatomy course for UNF physical therapy students. Dr. Green was the chief of orthopedic surgery at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Riverside Hospital. He founded and was the medical director of the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Fitness Center. Dr. Green died in 2000. The University named the anatomy lab at the College of Health the C. Stanton Green, M.D., Laboratory of Anatomy.

Constance Green said having the anatomy lab named after her late husband was a suitably enduring way to honor the legacy of a man who helped shape UNF’s early curriculum.

“The University of North Florida has been, since its inception, a hallmark of higher education in our community, fulfilling the needs of the community in the arts, in business and in medicine,” she said.

Her late husband’s involvement with the University began in the early ’90s, when Joan Farrell, then dean of the UNF College of Health, asked Stanton to create the framework for a course in anatomy. He taught the first class at St. Vincent’s Medical Center’s morgue, and the task of ordering the cadavers for student analysis from Shands at the University of Florida fell to his business manager — his wife.

She recalled that coordinating the first shipment of cadavers didn’t go quite as planned. Shands Gainesville mistakenly sent the bodies to Shands Jacksonville, but a quick-thinking Shands Jacksonville lab attendant rerouted the delivery to arrive shortly before students arrived, averting a fiasco on the first day of class.

“I suppose my awareness of the UNF College of Health really began then, but it’s grown quite a bit since,” she said.

Despite the somewhat morbid undertones to her initial interaction with UNF, Green said she’s maintained a great relationship with the University, especially the Brooks College of Health leadership and staff.

In particular, Green relishes meeting the current physical therapy and athletic training students receiving scholarships through her grant.

“It is a very special moment for me to see their dreams becoming a reality,” she said. “Stanton’s goals for these fine students would most assuredly be that they not only learn anatomy but also, surrounded by death, learn respect for life.”