When Judi Favor graduated from Judson College in 1983, less than one-third of all medical school applicants were female. Dr. Williams and Dr. Wilson prepared her to gain admission to the University of Alabama School of Medicine, where she graduated in the top 10 percent of her class.
"I wake up every day thinking how grateful I am for Judson and the Alabama Baptists for giving me a chance to develop my talents. Instead of seeking a career, I sought God's calling in my life," she says.
Alumna Robin Hall, who taught her genetics, told her, "You're very talented, you should apply to medical school. Later she took me around to meet members of the UAB admissions committee." Recently Dr. Favor continued this tradition of Judson alumnae helping Judson students, by inviting senior Lauren Stephens to watch her in the delivery room.
In fact, Favor has been a familiar face to many Judson students over the years, thanks to her active involvement with the college. The young girl who played on Judson's tennis team and served as president of her senior class went on to share her leadership skills as chair of the Judson board of trustees. She continues to serve as a board member, is active in the alumnae association, and participates in campus events, such as the annual J-Day, when alumnae return to campus and celebrate their friendships with each other and the newly inducted graduating seniors. Dr. Favor also speaks at events honoring her alma mater, such as the "Judson Day" sponsored by the Alabama Baptist Convention president at Deerfoot Baptist Church in Trussville, Alabama.
This kind of commitment speaks to her deep gratitude to Judson, especially given the demands of her practice. Over 17 years, Dr. Favor has delivered more than 7,000 infants. She also works with Brookwood Medical Center's rural health care program and serves on the board of Oasis, an organization that provides health care to patients in need. "Judson makes you aware of meeting the needs of others. It's the place to go if you're looking for God's calling in your life."