35 Years: Silver Arnold

If she ever needs a reminder that she’s worked at UT Southwestern Medical Center for 35 years, administrative associate Silver Arnold takes a look at the photos of residents in the hallway in the Department of Pediatrics.

Silver Arnold

“I was working here when some of them weren’t even thought of,” she said.

Today, Ms. Arnold helps coordinate the network access between UT Southwestern, Children’s Medical Center Dallas, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas/Seton Medical Center in Austin, and Parkland Health & Hospital System for pediatric faculty, staff, and fellows. UT Southwestern pediatricians mainly see patients at Children’s, but also need access to patient records at Parkland and St. Paul University Hospital.

When she arrived at UT Southwestern more than three decades ago with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Texas, her goal was to help cure the common cold. To get her foot in the door, she took a job as a secretary, working for Drs. John Kettman and James Forman in the Department of Microbiology. Ms. Arnold eventually worked her way up to a job as a research technician in two microbiology labs and in pediatrics.

One of her favorite memories is the pride she felt when she was hired by the late Dr. Eric Humphries and Dr. Brad Ozanne to work in their microbiology labs – where she cultured mouse, rat, and avian cells – and later in Dr. Jonathan Ducore’s pediatric hematology/oncology lab, where she cultivated mouse and human tissue cells.

“I enjoyed research very much back then,” she said. “I liked being able to see something grow from nothing into something that could be used in research.”

For two decades, she worked with pediatric residents, from coordinating their initial interviews to watching them grow as doctors. She’s been proud of UT Southwestern’s international reputation.

“At least I’ve talked to some Nobel laureates on the phone,” she said.

When she’s away from the medical center, she likes to spend time with her son and four grandkids, and she hopes one of them will end up as a doctor one day. Her bucket list includes traveling to all 50 states. A second soprano in her church choir, she’s also known for her Italian cream cakes.

“There was a time when I brought in a cake for just about anyone who wanted one, because I enjoyed baking and making others happy on their special days,” she said. 

Employee Recognition 2012

Long-term employees play an invaluable role in the life of UT Southwestern Medical Center. Their faithful, dedicated service has helped the institution become what it is today. In this special edition of Center Times, we showcase some of these employees and their varied interests. Meet the 2012 honorees