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For immediate use March 22, 1999 --- No. 201


Gift to UNC-CH dental school honors hygienist

Office of University Development

CHAPEL HILL -- On May 18, 1996, ValuJet Flight 592 crashed into the Florida everglades, killing everyone on board, including Linda Paschall Jarvis.

Jarvis was a 1975 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill dental school’s dental hygiene program. At the time of her death, she was working, as she had for the previous 17 years, as a hygienist for Dr. G.K. Howard in Kings Mountain.

After the crash, Jarvis’ mother, Bonnie Paschall of Gastonia, and her two brothers, John Paschall of Phoenix and Larry Paschall of Gastonia, talked about honoring her memory.

"We wanted to do something because Linda was such a well-liked person. She would go out of her way to help other people," Paschall said. "If Linda had to choose between cleaning the house or writing a friend she’d usually write the friend."

They chose a gift to the UNC-CH School of Dentistry because Jarvis loved her work so much.

Paschall’s stock gift of $50,000 to the Dental Foundation of North Carolina Inc., along with donations made by Linda’s friends, established the Linda Paschall Jarvis Memorial Scholarship.

Each year, the $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a student in the school’s dental hygiene program. Selection will be based on academic performance, financial need and a letter of recommendation from a dental hygiene faculty member. Preference will be given to a third- or fourth-year dental hygiene student from Gastonia.

"We are honored that Mrs. Paschall has chosen to establish this permanent link between Linda and her alma mater," said Dr. John Stamm, dean. "From all the wonderful things I’ve heard about Linda, it’s obvious that her memory will live forever with the many people whose lives she touched, both personally and professionally. With this scholarship, Mrs. Paschall has ensured that Linda’s memory will live forever in our school. This is a splendid tribute from a mother to her daughter."

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(Gower, a native of Toronto, is a doctoral candidate at the UNC-CH School of Journalism and Mass Communication.)

Contact: Karen Stinneford, 919-962-8415