In memory of
Gussie Arnett, 91, died September 4, 2020 at home. She was the daughter of Worth and Gussie Collins Arnett, born September 3, 1929, and a life long resident of Birmingham. A 1946 graduate of Woodlawn High School, she received a BS in Laboratory Technology in 1950 from Auburn University and a BS in Medical Technology in 1952 also from Auburn University. In 1962 She graduated from Birmingham Southern College with a MS in biology. Gussie retired in 1995 from Southern Research Institute after 38 years in virology research. During this time she was involved in the testing of many antiviral drugs including the first FDA approved drug for the treatment of herpes viruses and a co-author of many publications. In retirement Gussie was a volunteer driver for seniors in Vestavia and involved in activities at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. Gussie's passion was the great outdoors, environmental causes, and Auburn football. She enjoyed travel, was an excellent birder and an active member of the Birmingham Audubon Society and the Alabama Ornithological Society. She is survived by cousins and many friends. Many thanks to Niki Patton and her company of caregivers for caring for Gussie. A private service of entombment will be held for friends and family at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church Columbarium at a later date. Memorials may be made to Alabama Audubon, Nature Conservancy in Alabama, or Greater Birmingham Humane Society.
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