Virginia FurrowJune 21, 2010
Dr. Virginia Mann Sugg Furrow, BS '38, MD '42, passed away April 25 at her home in Tucson, Ariz. She was a pioneer in the medical field and a faithful supporter of her alma mater. One of just two women in her graduating class at Baylor College of Medicine, she had a memorable career in pediatrics. In addition to succeeding in a male-dominated field, she cared for victims of polio and tuberculosis and was one of the first doctors to treat patients with penicillin. In 1960, she married Vernon Furrow, who grew a small lumber company into the construction materials retailer that later became known as Payless Cashways. Furrow established two scholarship funds at Baylor the Virginia Sugg Furrow Endowed Scholarship Fund and the Virginia Furrow Singers Music Scholarship Fund. In 1992, Furrow was awarded the James Huckins and Pat Neff medallions for exemplary service and philanthropy to Baylor.