Scofields Rate a Homecoming
for Loyal Support of Their Alma Mater
|George and Pat Scofield of Birmingham
beamed happily for the Seasons camera after being named Samford's
Alumni of the Year at Homecoming. But it was not the first time
they had posed obligingly for a Samford publication.
Fifty-one years ago, at then-Howard College in East Lake, they
did the same thing, smiling their way along a sidewalk near Renfroe
Hall. That photo adorned the cover of a school recruiting brochure.
Pat and George Scofield receive Alumni of the Year congratulations
from Samford President Thomas E. Corts, left.
They were George Scofield and Patricia Trent then, both from
Opp, sweethearts who had marriage on their mind, but not until
after graduation. They finished their senior final exams Aug.
26, 1949-and married the next Sunday at Ruhama Baptist Church
near the campus.
There was no summer or fall commencement in those days, so they
returned the following spring to march in graduation. They're
listed as members of the Class of '50.
Samford's first husband-and-wife Alumni of the Year had few classes
together. George was preparing for medical school and Pat to
be a teacher. "What I did was stay in the science hall all
the time," he said. Pat was a math major, worked part-time
as a church secretary and sang in the A Cappella Choir.
But they took French together. And according to Pat, Dean Margaret
Sizemore [the professor] said later that "we courted in
George earned a master's degree from the University of Georgia
and completed his medical degree at the University of Alabama
School of Medicine, specializing in pathology. He is senior partner
of Cunningham Pathology Associates and chief of the laboratory
at HealthSouth Medical Center. A Fellow of the College of American
Pathologists, he is a former president of the Alabama Association
Pat is known nationally for her expertise as a parliamentarian,
conducting frequent parliamentary procedure workshops for civic
and volunteer organizations. It's a sideline that started during
undergraduate days when the math department formed an honor society,
and she was asked to write the bylaws.
George Scofield and Patricia Trent
stroll happily across campus for a Howard College recruiting
brochure photo during undergraduate days in East Lake.
Pat taught elementary school after graduation but actually
got her first experience teaching college students while still
a student herself. "A math professor had an accident, and
they needed someone to teach an algebra class," she explained.
Long active in Birmingham civic and cultural affairs, Pat
is first vice president of the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary
and a board member of the Medical Alliance of the State of Alabama.
She is former president of county and state medical auxiliaries,
and served as vice speaker and board member of the American Medical
"I found Roberts Rules of Order interesting," she said,
acknowledging, " It's not something that's of wide interest
to many people."
The Scofields have four grown children-Amy Carr, Ellen Bastow,
Mark and Trent-and six grandchildren. George and Pat are active
members and teachers at Mountain Brook Baptist Church, where
George is a life deacon. Both support the Birmingham Music Club,
Opera Birmingham and other arts organizations.
Samford President Thomas E. Corts described the Scofields as
"models of what the Bible calls cheerful givers." The
couple established the Earle and Marie Trent Music Scholarship
Fund at Samford, honoring her parents, and Mrs. Scofield has
been a member of the Samford music scholarship endowment committee
since its founding in 1994. In six years, the fund has developed
a corpus of some $300,000.
The Scofields have been class representatives on the Samford
Alumni Council since 1993. In 1999, they organized and hosted
the Class of 1949 Golden Anniversary reunion at Homecoming.
Supporting their alma mater is a tradition the Scofields started
over 50 years ago. That's one of the things that cheerful givers