Friends of College receive Family of the Year honor

April 1, 2016

Bradley Cork, a member of the College of Community Health Sciences’ Board of visitors, and his wife, Susan Cork, have been named the recipients of the United Way of West Alabama’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society’s annual Family of the Year honor. The Corks will be presented with the award at the Society’s spring dinner on April 26. “We are very honored to have been chosen from many worthy families,” Bradley Cork says. The award is given to society members who have made significant contributions in improving health, education or financial stability for residents of West Alabama. The Alexis de Tocqueville Society was founded to recognize, foster and promote the vital importance of community service and personal giving. It is comprised of donors who invest $10,000 or more annually in the United Way of West Alabama. Susan Cork is the manager and trustee of the Reese Phifer, Jr., Memorial Foundation, which established a scholarship fund in 2014 for University of Alabama School of Medicine students enrolled at its Tuscaloosa Regional Campus, which is located at the College. Priority is given to students who intend to join the College’s Family Medicine Residency and who have an interest in spending part of their training in Fayette, Ala. The Reese Phifer, Jr., Memorial Foundation was established by Mr. and Mrs. J. Reese Phifer in 1967 in memory of their son J. Reese Phifer, Jr., a student at the University of Alabama who died in 1964. “Mr. and Mrs. Reese Phifer were very generous and supportive of community involvement and encouraged us all to do the same,” Bradley Cork said. In addition to serving on the College’s Board of Visitors, Cork also serves on its Capstone Health Services Foundation Board.