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Memorial service and reception for Dr. Brenda Armstrong

Friday, October 19, 2018
Brenda Armstrong, MD

A memorial service for Brenda Armstrong, MD, professor of pediatrics (cardiology) and senior associate dean for student diversity, recruitment, and retention in the Duke University School of Medicine, will be held at Duke University Chapel on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. The service will be open to the Duke community and the public. 

A reception will be held immediately following the service in the Trent Semans Center for Health Education on the sixth floor. The Trent Semans Center is located on the Duke University campus at 8 Searle Center Drive, Durham, NC 27710, behind the Bryan Research building and next to the Medical Center Library & Archives.  

Duke faculty, staff, and guests attending the memorial service in the Chapel are directed to park in the Chemistry Lot, Circuit Lot or Bryan Center Parking Garage. For those on campus, walking is encouraged due to expected heavy traffic. 

Drop off will be available from the Bryan Center Parking Lot located behind Duke Chapel and near the accessible entrance to the Chapel. 

Transportation from the Chapel to the reception at the Trent Semans Center will be available. Shuttles will be parked in the Bryan Center Parking Lot following the service.

A livestream of Dr. Armstrong’s memorial service will be available on the Duke Chapel website and on YouTube.  

Memorial contributions may be directed to the following funds named in Dr. Armstrong’s honor at Duke University: 

The Brenda E. Armstrong, MD Endowment Fund, which was created to honor Dr. Armstrong and her strong commitment to student diversity, recruitment, and retention. In accordance with Dr. Armstrong’s wishes, this endowment will provide support for programs within the School of Medicine, such as the Summer Biomedical Sciences Institute and Boost (Building Opportunities and Overtures in Science and Technology), which are designed to expand the interest of middle-, high-school, and undergraduate students and encourage them to consider careers in medicine and the biomedical sciences. Gifts can be made online.

The Brenda E. Armstrong, MD Pediatrics Residency Support Fund, which provides support for residents in the Department of Pediatrics who—by reason of their background, culture, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, work, and life experiences—contribute to a fuller representation of perspectives within the academic life of the University. Gifts can be made online.

Please make checks payable to Duke University, note the fund name in the memo line, and mail to Duke Health Development, 710 W. Main Street Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701. 

Questions may be directed to Jennifer L. Turner at 919-385-3163 or