May 3, 2018

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In memoriam: Dr. Carroll Ball

Dr. Carroll Raybourne Ball, a UMMC alum and longtime faculty member in the School of Medicine, died April 29. He was 92.


A Hillman native, Ball received his B.A. in 1946 and his M.S. in 1948 from the University of Mississippi and his Ph.D. from UMMC in 1963. A veteran of the United States Navy Reserve, Ball retired from military service in 1971 with the rank of lieutenant commander. He served as an instructor in anatomy at the University of West Virginia School of Medicine from 1951-57 and as an assistant professor of biology at the University of Southern Mississippi from 1957-60.

An N.I.H. predoctoral trainee in anatomy and pathology at UMMC, Ball joined the UMMC faculty in 1961 as an instructor in anatomy. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1963, associate professor in 1966 and professor in 1971, a position he maintained until his retirement from UMMC.

The first president of the University Faculty Senate, Ball served on numerous academic committees at the Medical Center and taught gross anatomy, dental histology and nursing anatomy at UMMC. An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Anatomists, the American Association of Pathologists and the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, Ball was the author or coauthor of numerous articles published in peer-reviewed journals nationally and the coauthor of the fourth edition of the Manual for Microscopic Anatomy.

A member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta, Theta Nu Sigma and Omicron Delta Kappa honoraries, Ball twice served on the board of directors of the Mississippi Historical Society and was vice president of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. A member of Who's Who in the South and Southwest, Ball was also affiliated with the Order of the First Families of Mississippi.

Memorial services for Ball are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, May 7, at Saint Luke's United Methodist Church.