Class Notes and In Memory

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Class News


Dr. Anne J. Davis 52N 55MN of San Francisco now holds the Order of the Rising Sun, the highest honor given to non-nationals by the Japanese government. The award recognizes Davis, a professor emerita at the University of California, San Francisco, and Nagano College of Nursing, for her contributions to human resources development in the nursing field and the improvement of nursing studies in Japan. As her citation notes, Davis brought topics that had been little discussed to the forefront, including ethical issues facing clinical nurses, informed consent, human rights of patients and health care professionals, and ethical concerns with dying patients. She taught at Nagano College from 1995 to 2001 and lectured part-time from 2002 to 2003. Davis also promoted exchange programs between Japanese nursing students and those in Samoa and San Francisco.


Life Lessons

Jenny Huston Crowley 69Ox 71C 73N of Tallahassee, Fla., had three memoir stories published in the anthology Life Lessons: Writings from The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The Florida State University. Crowley chaired the committee that produced this collection of poems, photographs, fiction, and nonfiction stories. Her photograph St. Marks Lighthouse is on the cover. In addition, Crowley was named First-Place Winner in Creative Nonfiction in the Seven Hills Literary Contest sponsored by the Tallahassee Writers Association. Her memoir “Take Your Daughter to Work” was published in the Seven Hills Review in January. Crowley is a retired medical practice administrator and nurse.

Sherry Lane Lampe Mather 74N of Naples, Fla., has joined Edison State College School of Nursing, Collier campus, as an adjunct faculty member. She also works as a clinical instructor at Gulf Coast Hospital in Fort Myers.

Dr. Rebecca Peinhardt 74N of Jacksonville, Fla., was appointed a National League for Nursing (NLN) Ambassador last fall. She is an associate professor at Jacksonville State University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Her clinical practice includes cardiovascular nursing and cardiac rehabilitation, while her scholarship focuses on orientation, retention, and faculty development. As an ambassador, Peinhardt will inform faculty and administration about NLN activities and opportunities.

Vermell Sanford 74N received the 2010 Nurses Week Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Nursing for advanced practice. She is a nurse practitioner at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Sherry Gaines 77N of Cookeville, Tenn., was appointed director of the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing in the College of Agricultural and Human Sciences at Tennessee Tech University. She previously taught at the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing at Georgia State University (GSU). During her tenure at GSU, she served as dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences and associate dean of the School of Nursing. Gaines and her husband, Ben Layne, live in the Cookeville area. Her son, Tyler, is a law student at Georgetown University.


Dr. Claudia Calle Beal 80MN received the 2010 Outstanding Graduating PhD Student Award at the University of Texas School of Nursing in Austin. She is an assistant professor at Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas, where she specializes in women’s health. Her current research includes examining how women interpret and respond to the symptoms of ischemic stroke before they arrive in the ED.

Dr. Lois S. Marshall 80MN has written her first book, Take Charge of Your Nursing Career, published by Sigma Theta Tau International. A nursing educator for 30 years, Marshall owns a consulting firm in Miami.

Mary Gullatte 81MN is president-elect of the Oncology Nursing Society. Her presidency will begin in May 2012. Gullatte is associate chief nursing officer for Emory Hospitals.

Mary Lambert 81N received her doctorate of nursing practice in public health systems administration from Vanderbilt University in May. Lambert began her second assignment with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, Md., in 2010. She currently serves on the Emory Alumni Board.

MARRIED: Marcie Sue Hirshberg 85MN to Gary A. Dreyer on Oct. 2, 2010. He is president of In Focus Market Research in Atlanta. They live in Johns Creek, Ga.


Marilyn Kontrafouris-Eleftheriou 92MN is a weekly columnist on child health and nutrition for Her Wednesday column covers topics ranging from infancy to adolescence. When not writing, she is a legal nurse consultant, NICU nurse, and mother of three daughters. The family lives in the Atlanta area.

Cara Cusson Brown 93MN was one of two nurses to receive the Laura Snitzer-Boozer Nursing Award at the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The annual award, named in honor of an Aflac Center nurse who died unexpectedly in 1999, recognizes nurses who have demonstrated professional excellence and leadership in pediatric cancer care. Brown and co-recipient Melissa Schinck received scholarships to attend the nursing conference of their choice. Brown has worked with the Aflac Center for 26 years.

Eve Byrd 98MN/MPH was named Nurse of the Year for Advanced Practice Nursing by the March of Dimes last fall. She was one of four Emory Healthcare nursing professionals honored by the March of Dimes. Byrd is a nurse practitioner with the Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression at Emory’s Wesley Woods Center. She recently traveled to Liberia with the Carter Center to teach nurses about psych-mental health nursing.

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MARRIED: Wendy Farrar 05N 08MN to Michael Gelfond on Oct. 23, 2010, at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. She is a nurse practitioner at Emory University Hospital. The couple lives in Atlanta.

BORN: Vera Alice Boon to Dr. Andrea M. Landis 07G on Dec. 5, 2010. Vera joins her big sister Elaine. The family lives in Seattle.

MARRIED: Mary Elizabeth “Mollie” Reardon 08N to Matthew William Ewing on Sept. 4, 2010, in Austin, Texas. She is a neonatal intensive care nurse at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin.

MARRIED: Katie Claire Machen 09N to Robert Martin Zorich on April 30, 2011, in Baton Rouge, La. They live in Houston, where she is a nurse at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Her husband is an investment banker.

Erin Connelly 10MN received the 2010 Continuing Education Award for pediatric oncology nurses at the Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She has worked at the Aflac Center for six years and currently is a brain tumor nurse practitioner.


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In Memory

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Lucille M. Lott 36N of Winder, Ga., on Aug. 2, 2002.

Doris A. Chappell 37N of Jacksonville, Fla., on May 5, 2011, at age 88.

Dorothy LeRoy Pharr 39N of Richmond, Va., on Sept. 19, 1998, at age 81. She was born and buried in Tignall, Ga.


Alyce King Adams 43N of Newborn, Ga., on Jan. 4, 2004, at age 83.

Ruth Hendrix Causey 45N of Manassas, Va., on Oct. 31, 2000, at age 91.

Mary Georgiana Jennings Rozier 45N of Winter Park, Fla., on Jan. 5, 2011, at age 87. She married her husband, Jacob Riley Rozier, a medical student, in the Emory Chapel. Georgiana worked as a public health nurse while he completed his residency in Winston Salem, N.C. During WW II, the U.S. Army sent them and their infant daughter to Japan to provide medical care for Japanese war victims. When they returned stateside, Jake trained as an ob/gyn resident, and Georgiana supported the family as a pediatric nursing supervisor at Grady. In 1952 the family, now including three children, settled in Winter Park, where Georgiana worked part-time in Jake’s ob/gyn practice. She was an active community volunteer.

Connie Rebecca Whittle 45N of Atlanta on Aug. 25, 2010, at age 95. Whittle lived in Atlanta most of her life. She worked as an RN at Emory University Hospital and later as a private duty nurse. With a nursing school friend, she wrote Happy Scrappy, a children’s book based on a true story about her dog, Queenie, and an abandoned baby squirrel.

Edwina Stockbridge Harkins 46N of Mobile, Ala., on May 28, 2010, at age 85. Born in Atlanta, she lived in Mobile for many years. Edwina worked as an RN at the Mobile Infirmary and the Rotary Rehabilitation Center. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Joe Harkins. They raised four children.

Sarah Mildred Madden 46N, formerly of Charlotte, N.C., on May 7, 2011, at Covenant Towers Health Care in Myrtle Beach, S.C. She was 97. She retired from the Mecklenburg County Public Health Depart-ment after a lifetime of service.

Melba G. Coker 47N of Canton, Ga., on Sept. 8, 2010. She married Dr. Grady Newton Coker Sr. in 1948. Survivors include a son, Dr. Newton Jasper Coker.

Sybil S. Turner 47N of Bandera, Texas, on March 4, 2009. Survivors include John Turner III and Jennie Turner.

Sharon Murphy Ellington 48N of Augusta, Ga., on Jan. 9, 2011. She retired as an RN from the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Augusta.


Marie Jones Bridges 50N 73MN of Gainesville, Ga., on April 9, 2011, from complications of Parkinson’s disease (PD). After spending 20 years raising five children, she earned a master’s degree to teach psychiatric nursing. She taught at Kennesaw State College and University and North Georgia College and State University, where she helped establish the nursing department. She taught psychiatric nursing for 17 years and was a pioneer in using a maximum-security prison as a clinical setting for teaching. She was diagnosed with PD in 1991 and in 1995 co-organized the Lake Country Shakers, a support group for PD patients and their spouses.

Virginia Hayes Cooper 50N of St. Augustine, Fla., on Dec. 18, 2010, at age 80. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, George Felix Cooper. She was born in Atlanta, where she and Felix married in 1950. She practiced nursing for 10 years in Atlanta and Birmingham, Ala. They moved to Raleigh and then Wilmington, N.C. in the early 1970s and spent 20 years there. Cooper taught Health Occupations in local high schools. The couple then moved to Key West, where she was a hospice volunteer. Other survivors include a son and two daughters.

Dr. Mary Catherine Dowe 55N 61MN of Chapel Hill, N.C., on Nov. 29, 2010, at age 77, after a long illness. Dowe served 21 years as a professor of nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also taught at the Medical College of Georgia, the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, and the University of Alabama at Huntsville and received numerous teaching awards.

Jeannine Haralson Shepardson 55N of Montrose, Colo., on Feb. 9, 2010, at age 77. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, John A. Shepardson, who retired from the U.S. Army after 22 years. They were married in 1956 at Ft. Benning, Ga. She volunteered with the Red Cross for more than 30 years and was a leader with the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and the Lady Elks. Her family of six moved around the world with the Army.

Dr. Betty Lou Shubkagel 57N of Crownsville, Md., on April 18, 2010, of lung cancer at age 77. She was a retired University of Maryland nurse-educator who chaired the medical-surgical graduate program of the School of Nursing. After earning her BSN at the University of Maryland (UM), she began her career as head nurse on a medical-surgical ward at what is now the UM Medical Center. She completed her MN in medical surgical nursing at Emory and then returned to UM, where she earned a PhD in educational administration and spent the rest of her career.

Dr. Joy Lynn Douglas 59MN of Melbourne Beach, Fla., on Feb. 17, 2010, of metastatic breast cancer at age 78. She first taught nursing in Memphis at the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, where she was promoted to program director. She received her doctorate at the University of Alabama and taught nursing with UA at Huntsville. Douglas then started the RN to BSN program at the University of Central Florida in Cocoa Beach. Following a medical retirement, Douglas worked part time as a hospital utilization review coordinator.

Jo Ann Park 59N of Appling, Ga., on Jan. 4, 2011, at age 74.

Shirley Ruth Schreiber Williams 59N of Eatonton, Ga., on Jan. 26, 2011, at age 74.


Dr. Juanita B. Palmer 63MN of Georgetown, Ga., on April 14, 2011, at age 80. She earned a PhD in higher education at Florida State University. Her career in nursing and teaching spanned more than 50 years.

Pearl A. Domma 66MN of Baton Rouge, La., on Feb. 15, 2011. She served with the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during WWII as a first lieutenant in the 24th Evacuation Hospital. After four months of preparation in England, her unit arrived on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France on D-Day plus 6. Her unit moved throughout western Europe, caring for casualties and participating in an airborne invasion of Holland. Members of her unit were awarded the European Theater medal with four battle stars and other commendations.

After the war, Domma received her BSN from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and her MN at Emory. She taught nursing in Baton Rouge and Lafayette and retired in 1978. In 2004, she received an award from the Baton Rouge District Nurse Association in recognition of her contributions to nursing.


Diana Rose (Petitt) Odle 70MN of Johnson City, Tenn., and Nickelsville, Va., on Nov 18, 2010, at age 64. Odle’s nursing career spanned 30 years. Most recently, she was a part-time clinical instructor for the East Tennessee State University (ETSU) School of Nursing, after teaching for a year at King College. Previously, she was a nurse educator and oncology nurse specialist at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Johnson City for 20 years. She also taught nursing at the University of Arkansas and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. In addition, she taught CPR to hospital staff and industrial personnel and volunteered with the American Cancer Society. Survivors include her husband, George Odle 72T.

Phyllis A. Perry Paxton 70MN of Carson, Calif., on Sept. 25, 2007, at age 68.

JoAnn L. Westrick 74MN of Lansing, Mich., on July 31, 2010, at age 79 following a short illness. She was a good friend of Dr. Sue Ann Charron 74MN. Survivors include a son.


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Ensley Jefferson (Jeff) Erwin 90N, of Lineville, Ala., on Dec. 2, 2010, at age 54. A native of Anniston, Ala., Erwin spent most of his life in Randolph County and was a former resident of Conyers, Ga.

Cynthia (Cindy) Marie Sonderman Stevens 99MN of Roswell, Ga., on Oct. 16, 2010, after battling cancer. She was 54. Stevens received her BSN and MSN at St. Louis University and subsequently worked as a cardiovascular nurse specialist in cardiothoracic surgery at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. “This was her crowning achievement because that is when cardiothoracic care for children was transitioned to the pediatric hospital instead of treating them like adults,” writes her husband, Dr. John K. Stevens Jr. of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. “She cared for these patients and taught a generation of pediatric intensive care nurses in their care.”

When her family moved to Atlanta in 1993, Stevens joined Children’s. She was a School of Nursing instructor in the mid-1990s and was once named Teacher of the Year. Then she became a student herself and graduated from the nurse practitioner program in 1999. Most recently, she worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner at a private practice in Austell, Ga.


Loretta Roberts of Duluth, Ga., on May 16, 2011, of natural causes at age 97. Roberts was a career nurse and civic leader. She taught public school, served with the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during WWII, worked for the American Red Cross on disaster teams, and taught nursing at the University of Texas and Emory. She served as executive director of the Visiting Nurse Association’s Atlanta chapter for 10 years before retiring in 1979. In 1981, she became the first woman elected to the city council in Suwanee, Ga.


Robert (Bob) Watt, the husband of Nell Hodgson Watt (Little Nell), of Atlanta on June 2, 2011, at age 89. Bob was a friend and volunteer at the nursing school for more than 50 years. He and his wife, “Lil Nell,” attended the annual Woodruff Tea and other events as honorary alumni. Little Nell is the niece of the late Nell Hodgson Woodruff, for whom the school is named.

Bob grew up in Virginia, served as an officer during WWII, and graduated from the Virginia Military Institute. In 1949, he married Little Nell and devoted most of his career to the field of finance. For 50 years, the couple attended First Presbyterian Church, where Bob was a deacon, elder, and president of the Men’s Bible Class, and later attended Westminster Presbyterian Church. He also served on the boards of several schools and organizations.

In addition to Little Nell, he is survived by two sons, Robert Watt Jr. and Josh Watt; a daughter, Nell Watt Hanson; and four granddaughters.


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