Naming of the Barbara and Edward Partridge Atrium
James Estes’ commitment to the fight against cancer evolved after having lost family members to the disease and having celebrated remission and recovery himself.
He and his family have supported several cancer research initiatives at UAB over the years. Longtime supporters of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, Estes and his son Norman, helped to honor Dr. and Mrs. Edward Partridge by making a donation to name the ground floor atrium of the Wallace Tumor Institute.
Partridge was the Cancer Center director for ten years and was with UAB for more than 45 years until his retirement last year. His wife Barbara made exceptional contributions herself, consistently demonstrating an outstanding level of dedication to the facility and the people who worked there. The lobby of the Cancer Center signifies a special location to the Partridges as they often brought the Cancer Center staff together for special occasions and celebrations. It also is the location of the front door where they had a reputation for welcoming everyone. This tribute is most fitting as Dr. Partridge often refers to the Cancer Center as “the people‘s Cancer Center.”