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Martha Bailey, 52N, was one of 10 nurses in Alabama who received a Lamplighter Award in April. The awards, given by the Alabama League for Nursing, honor those who have contributed to a better society. Bailey founded the Parish Nurse Program, in which nurses assist their congregations by serving as health educators and counselors, support group facilitators, and referral agents. The program has 24 nurses serving in 20 churches. Bailey has worked for the East Alabama Medical Center since 2001.


Mary Jo Scribner-Howard, 83N, received South Carolina’s highest nursing award, the Palmetto Gold, in April. Palmetto Gold recipients are selected for their excellence in nursing practice and commitment to the profession. She works in the Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, SC.  She also was selected as one of 10 national panelists that set the standards for the professional development certification exam of the American Nursing Credentialing Center.


Kandy Smith, 92MN, is teaching at the University of South Alabama and has received funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration to establish a doctorate of nursing practice. The program will emphasize the reduction of health disparities, particularly cardiovascular health disparities, by preparing advance practice nurses to deliver culturally competent, evidenced-based nursing expertise.

Margo Moore, 94N, graduated summa cum laude from Duke University in May 2008 with a master’s in nursing. She works as an oncology nurse practitioner at Batte Cancer Center at Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast in Concord, NC.

Carol A. Newman, 94MN, was appointed commander of the Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center at Fort Huachuca in Arizona. Her appointment will begin in summer 2009. Colonel Newman currently serves as deputy commander for nursing of the 30th Medical Brigade in Heidelberg, Germany.


MARRIED: Emily Mason, 04N, to John Beard on Oct. 13, 2007. She is a nurse navigator at Dekalb Medical Center’s Comprehensive Breast Care Center in Decatur, GA.

In Memory


Helen Porter Putnam, 34N, of Greenwood, SC, on April 28, 2008. She was 96. She was a retired major in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and served in Europe during WWII and in Japan during the Korean War. Helen and her husband, William, always paid special attention to their nieces and nephews, said nephew John Porter.

"They always remembered us at Christmas and birthdays, inviting our families to houses at the beach in the summers, introducing us to formal, candlelit dinners at an early age, taking us for meals at the officers club," Porter says. "I very much buy in to the premise of their generation being the greatest, but even among that strong peer group, I think Helen and Bill Putnam were pretty exceptional.”"

She was preceded in death by her husband, Col. William Putnam. She is survived by her sister, Edna Todd.


Olive Galloway, 43N, of Lakeland, FL, on Aug. 25, 2008. She was 88 and died of complications of pneumonia. She was director of nursing education at Gordon Keller School of Nursing at Tampa General Hospital and director of the nursing program at Hillsborough Community College. She is survived by her niece, Dorothy Galloway Hollis.

Lena Ruth Martin McCullough, 43N, of Clemson, SC, on May 4, 2008. She was 86. After graduating from the School of Nursing, she served as a Navy nurse in WWII. After the war, she worked at Oconee Memorial Hospital in Seneca, SC, for many years. She is survived by her sons, Howard, Larry, and David, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Exa Parrish Hayes, 45N, of Kerrville, TX, on Aug. 10, 2007. Her husband, John Hayes, 42OX, 44C, 46M, died in January 2008. They are survived by their daughter, Sandy Wolfmueller, son John Randall Hayes Jr, and two grandchildren.

Marie Perkins Cain, 48N, of Quitman, GA, on Aug. 15, 2008. She was 81. She was a member of the first class to receive the four-year bachelor of nursing degree at Emory. She is survived by her husband, Robert, a son, Robert Jr., and a daughter, Marjorie.

Mary Mason Martin, 48N, of Auburn, AL, on June 7, 2008. She is survived by her daughters, Esther Evans and Matilda Bryan, son Robert, eight grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Martha McDevitt, 48N, of Conyers, GA, on May 25, 2008. She was 86. She was a nurse in the U.S. Army, later earned her pharmacy degree, and worked in both professions. She said her first solo flight as a pilot on March 17, 1949, was the highlight of her life. Her flight was featured on the front page of The Atlanta Journal at the time.

More than two months in advance, she requested St. Patrick's Day off from her job as a visiting nurse for an insurance company. In the meantime, she took flying lessons and prepared for the big day by buying her flight uniform—green slacks and a blouse on which she sewed shamrocks.

Her body was donated to Emory University School of Medicine. She is survived by her nephew.

Wanda Kathryn Krawiec, 49N, of Louisville, KY, on May 10, 2008. She was 84. She served as a nurse in the U.S. Army, caring for WWII returnees, and later taught nursing at Hackensack (NJ) Hospital. She is survived by her five children, Chris, Katie, Keith, Cliff, and Casey, and 10 grandchildren.


Virginia Tison Gracia, 52N, of Winter Haven, FL, on Jan. 5, 2005. She was 73.

Joanna Langford, 53N, of Sarasota, FL, on Jan. 31, 2007.

JoAnn Crawford, 54N, of Loganville, GA, on June 26, 2008. She was 76. She is survived by her husband, Bill, son William, daughter Susie, and four grandchildren.

Marie "ReeAnn" Sweeting, 56N, of Auburndale, FL, on Aug. 25, 2008. She is survived by her three children, Lew, Lynn, and Arlene, and five grandchildren.

Elizabeth Herwick, 58N, of Roswell, GA, on Aug. 10, 2007.


June Gray, 63N, 64MN, of Atlanta, GA, on July 12, 2008. She was 82. She worked as a nurse practitioner in several Atlanta hospitals and volunteered in community free clinics. She also served as treasurer of the Georgia Nursing Association.     She is survived by her husband, Robert Gray Sr., their four children, Robert, David, Paul, and Martha, six grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. She donated her body to Emory University School of Medicine.

Ella Garrison, 66N, of Easley, SC, on Feb. 8, 2008. She was 79.  

Rhoda Nielsen, 66MN, of College Park, GA, on April 19, 2008. She was born in Denmark and was a staff nurse at two hospitals there before moving to Iowa. In 1956 she became a nurse for the American Baptist Foreign University in the Belgian Congo. Four years later, she returned to the United States to become an assistant professor at East Carolina University and later, at Emory University. She is survived by her partner, Nellie Randall, and her children, Philip Schmidt and Hanna Nesbit.  


Jan Cashion Stuenkel, 75OX, 77N, of Morganton, NC, on Oct. 27, 2007. She worked as a staff nurse at Grace Hospital in Morganton before becoming a full-time instructor at Western Piedmont College in 1987. She is survived by her husband, Eric, a son, Mark, a daughter, Elizabeth Stuenkel Selgrade, and by her parents, Robert and Ellen Cashion.


Rebecca Gerrard Liberman, 89MN/MPH, of Atlanta, GA, on April 25, 2008. She was 53. She is survived by her husband, Henry, stepdaughter Heather, and niece Rebecca Foley.