Arra and Eva Woods Endowed Professorship
The Arra and Eva Woods Endowed Professorship was established in 1999, its purpose to attract and retain distinguished faculty in cardiovascular research at UW Medicine.
Arra Jane Woods and Eva Jessie Woods were raised in Phillipsburg, Kan., where their father owned and operated a store and two farms. In 1905, the business and properties were sold, and the family moved to Seattle.
Arra and Eva Woods received B.A.s in German and education, respectively, from the University of Washington. Both had long careers as teachers. When Arra Woods took a teaching job at an English school in Shanghai, she was joined by her sister and her mother, and the three remained in China for several years. Later, the sisters lived together for many years in a Magnolia-area home designed by Eva Woods.
In 1984, the Woods sisters established a trust for their mutual benefit. Following the death of Eva Woods in 1984, Arra Woods amended the trust agreement to direct its assets to the UW School of Medicine upon her death. Arra Woods died in 1987.
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