A decade ago, Katherine Victoria “Kavi” Vance, her Samford degree in hand, took a job as a pharmacist in the local hospital in Demopolis.  Kavi’s mother, Sue Vance, remembered her in a recent newspaper article as “a free spirit who changed her hair color frequently, wrote poetry and painted the rooms of her house bright colors.”  On September 26, 1999, on the way to participate in a friend’s wedding, Kavi’s vehicle overturned and she was killed.  Each Christmas season, Sue and her husband, Lon, along with several friends, place more than 700 candles in the cemetery where Kavi is buried.  Family members and friends of others buried there provide memorial contributions for the project . . . and the gifts provide a living memorial to Kavi through a scholarship fund at Samford.  To date, the fund has gathered in excess of $185,000, providing a bright future for students through the McWhorter School of Pharmacy.   


The world is better because of Kavi Vance.    

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.