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Dr. Susan Glenn Caddell 75N 82D of Tavares, Fla., and her father, Dr. Eugene Glenn 53C 61D, celebrated the 50th anniversary of their dental practice last February. The first dentist in Tavares, Glenn formed the practice in 1962. As a teenager, Susan began helping as his chair-side assistant during school breaks. She wanted to be a nurse like her mother. However, her love of dentistry won out and after graduating from Emory's dental school, she joined her father's practice in 1983. The two worked together until his retirement in 1992. Caddell continues practicing today.

Dr. Dee Baldwin 78N was named associate dean and director of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to joining UNC, she was a faculty member and former associate director of graduate programs in the School of Nursing at Georgia State University. Baldwin is an expert in health promotion and women's wellness. Her research addresses breast health in older African American women. She developed a model for encouraging low-income African American women to participate in screening for early detection of breast and cervical cancer. 


Regina J. (Gina) Armistead 82N is assistant director of nursing at Woodlands Nursing and Rehab Center in Fayetteville, N.C.

Katherine H. Steele 83MN published her second book, Coping with Trauma-related Dissociation: Skills Training for Patients and Therapists, with co-authors Suzette Boon and Onno van der Hart. The book received the 2011 Pierre Janet Writing Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.  


Penelope (Penny) Pritchett Burroughs 90N is the cardiovascular nurse navigator and the valve clinic coordinator at the Heart & Vascular Center of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. The valve clinic coordinator ensures that the multidisciplinary team of interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, and imaging specialists functions smoothly. “My goal is to provide a highly personalized approach to compassionate, patient-centered care with leading-edge technology,” she writes. She adds that the scholarship she was awarded in nursing school has allowed her to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Commander Denise Renee Elliott 90N of Newark, Del., was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal by the U.S. Navy Reserve. She recently was assigned to Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., as fitness report coordinator. Previously, she served as officer-in-charge of the Operational Health Unit at the Navy Operational Support Center in Wilmington, Del. During her career, Elliott has provided nursing care on various humanitarian missions to Colombia, El Salvador, Senegal, and most recently, Haiti. She served on board the USNS Comfort, working 12- to 15-hour shifts for 18 days straight, caring for Haitian patients.

Tracey A. Wilds 91N 00MN is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pa.

Deborah Elaine Drummonds 92MN received tenure at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Ga. Drummonds joined the ABAC faculty in 2007 and serves as assistant professor in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Brenda J. Baker 94MN graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a PhD in nursing in December 2011.

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Dr. Kristin Hardy Conrad 02MN was elected president of the Virginia Affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. She completed her DNP in 2011 at Old Dominion University. Kris and her husband Jim live in Blacksburg, Va., where she works as a Certified Nurse-Midwife at Carilion Clinic. She and her colleague Sherrie Doss are the first nurse-midwives employed by the Carilion Health System and the only CNMs practicing in a hospital in Southwest Virginia. They will be joined by a third CNM, providing women in the region with access to midwifery care at all times.

Barbara Nicole (Nikki) Davis 03MN is a national clinical trainer and education and instructional designer for OptumHealth/Collaborative Care in the Atlanta area.

MARRIED: Sarah Arnette Byrd 05N 06MN and Siler Charles Ransmeier on Nov. 12, 2011, at Claxton Farms in Weaverville, N.C. Sarah was a nurse practitioner for the pulmonary division of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. The couple now lives in Raleigh, N.C.

Benson C. Wright 05N was promoted to Magnet Program director at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. RUMC is a three-time Magnet-designated hospital. Wright will oversee the application for RUMC's fourth Magnet designation. 

Donte A. Flanagan 06N has partnered with three associates to open The Lawrence, a restaurant in Midtown Atlanta. A fine-dining restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere, The Lawrence offers a menu described as “new American, with classical French and Asian influences and techniques.”

Susan M. Reynolds 06N is an epilepsy nurse coordinator with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Ashley Brook Turner 06MN works as a nurse practitioner at Atlanta's Piedmont Heart Institute.

Mackenzie Lovvorn 07N received a 2012 Nurse Excellence Award from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for her care and compassion as a neonatal ICU nurse at Gwinnett Medical Center, where she works with medically fragile infants and their parents.

Samantha Marie Steiner 07N specializes in clinical risk management for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta in the Office of the General Counsel. After graduating from Emory, she earned a law degree and passed the bar. She writes that she loves her work, which is the perfect blend of nursing and law. 

MARRIED: Shauna Mettee 09MN/MPH and Jeff Zarecki, on Jan. 14, 2012, in Colorado. Shauna is a CDC Preventive Medicine Fellow. They live in Atlanta with their two children.

Andrea Christine Maclin 11MN joined Athens Women's Clinic as a nurse practitioner last summer. She is board-certified in adult and women's health and a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health.


Emory Nursing in the World

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Betty Marie Stewart 52N and her eldest son, James Scott Stewart 77MBA, catch up on their summer reading at New Smyrna Beach in Florida. Where are you reading Emory Nursing? We'd love to know. Send your photos from near and far to elizabeth.powell@


Another Living Legend

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The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) named Anne J. Davis 52N 55MN as a 2012 Living Legend at its October annual conference and meeting in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes her extraordinary contributions to the nursing profession. Davis is professor emerita at the University of California, San Francisco, and Nagano College of Nursing in Japan.

A pioneer in nursing ethics, she has consulted and lectured on issues such as informed consent and terminating treatment. She is an elected member of the Hastings Center of Bioscience and Ethics and has served on the International Human Rights Committee in Geneva as Commissioner of Health Professionals for Health and Human Rights. In 2011, Davis received the Order of the Rising Sun—the highest honor given to non-nationals by the Japanese government—for her contributions to human resources development in the nursing profession and the improvement of nursing education in Japan. She is the second Emory nursing leader to be named a Living Legend. The first was Mary Woody, whom the AAN honored in 2007. Among other accomplishments, Woody served as director of nursing at Emory University Hospital and as interim dean at the School of Nursing, where she was a distinguished professor emerita until her death in 2010.



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Dr. Angela Haynes 91MPH 08N 09MN was named dean of the School of Nursing at Shorter University in Rome, Ga., where she leads the newly accredited BSN program. Haynes is a co-founder and family nurse practitioner with Health Connection Inc., a community clinic in Jefferson, Ga. She served as a cardiac nurse at Emory University Hospital, executive director of the Georgia Partnership for Caring Foundation Inc., and communications director for the Northeast Georgia Health District.

Haynes travels regularly to Haiti, where in 1993 she cofounded Eternal Hope in Haiti, an orphanage for medically fragile children, with her mother, Twilla Haynes 80MN, and her sister, Hope Bussenius 93MN, clinical assistant professor of nursing at Emory. Twilla is a nursing professor at Shorter and a 2010 recipient of the Emory Medal, the university's highest alumni honor.


2012 Unsung Heroines

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The Emory Women's Center honored four School of Nursing alumni as 2012 Unsung Heroines, whose work affects the life of other women. Ana Lynn Tesh 99N (left), Mary Cahill 92N, Pam Pomar 04N, and Susan Lomax 99N are the cornerstones of Nuestros Ninos/Our Kids Pediatrics, a thriving Cobb County, Georgia, health care practice founded by Cahill to serve the children of Latino immigrants. These families often find it difficult to receive pediatric care without private or government-sponsored health insurance. All four women came to the field of nursing as nontraditional students and taught themselves Spanish in order to better serve their patients. The nurses were honored as alumni, one of seven Unsung Heroine categories.

In Memory

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Nonagene (Gene) Farrill Daniel 43N 48N of Lithonia, Ga., on April 15, 2012, at age 90. She played a part in the initiation of the BSN program in 1942 and was among the first nursing students to take college courses. Before graduating, she was selected for a pediatric rotation at Bellevue Hospital in NYC. After graduation, she joined the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps and cared for Marines who returned from the Pacific during WWII. After the war, she returned to Emory and joined the nursing faculty and served as clinical director at Emory University Hospital until 1952. She enjoyed teaching and would chaperone nursing school dances, along with her late husband, William T. Daniel Sr., who attended law school at Emory on the GI bill. They raised three sons in Lithonia, where Gene was active in the community. Survivors include their three sons, a brother, eight grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Evelyn (Evie) Smith Lohnes 43N of Sebring, Fla., on Oct. 2, 2011, at age 89. She was a missionary from 1951 to 1990 with Serving in Mission, an international Christian group, and last served in Nigeria. She was preceded in death by her husband Vincent Lohnes in 2007. Survivors include two daughters, a son, a sister, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Carolyn Kent Butt Grist 47N, a native of Winter Park, Fla., on April 15, 2011, in Charlotte, N.C., at age 87. She lived in a retirement community in Charlotte for five years. She enjoyed music, bridge, and travel, especially to New Smyrna Beach and a home in the North Carolina mountains called The Treehouse. She was preceded in death by two husbands and two children. Survivors include two children and two stepchildren.

Doris A. Dyar 48N of Winder, Ga., on Jan. 10, 2012, at age 84. She worked at Emory Univeristy Hospital, Tampa Municipal Hospital, and Winder Hospital. She retired after 30 years of practice at Dr. Quinton Randolf's office in Winder, where she was a member of Winder First Methodist Church. She is survived by a brother and several nieces and nephews.


Sara Nell Carroll 53N 55MN of Americus, Ga., on Dec. 21, 2002, at her residence at age 72. A native of Montgomery, Ala., she was a member of the Nursing Honor Society, Retired Educators Association, and National League of Nurses. She was director of the associate degree program at Georgia Southwestern State University, where she retired as professor of nursing.

Mary Ann Gould 56N of Lexington, S.C., on March 3, 2012, from complications after a short illness. She was 77. After graduating from Emory, she practiced nursing in northeast Alabama and South Carolina for nearly four decades. She and her family lived in several towns in South Carolina before settling in Lexington for the past 39 years. Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Robert J. (Jack) Gould, a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren.

Jean B. Anderson Whitehead 56N on Jan. 20, 2012, at Mission Hospitals in Asheville, N.C., according to her son, Craig A. Whitehead.

Charlotte Stein Sachs 59N 61MN of Sandy Springs, Ga., on Jan. 26, 2012, at age 94. Born in Breslau, Germany, “Lotte” lost family in the Holocaust, including her sister Eva and favorite aunt Edith Stein, who was canonized by Pope Paul II in 1998. Lotte was welcomed back to her hometown in 2010 after 74 years.

Stein had a long career in nursing and education. She was on the nursing faculty at Saint Joseph's in Atlanta and founded the Kennesaw State University nursing program. She served on the Georgia State Board of Nursing Examiners and was also active in the Jewish community, including at Temple Kehillat Chaim, the Breman Jewish Home Board, and the Council of Jewish Women. She was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Sachs, but was “fiercely independent to the end.” Survivors include two sons, a daughter, four grandchildren, and one great-grandson.


Mary Alice Burgess Garboden Hise 60MN of Franklin, Ind., on Feb. 12, 2012, at age 88. She was a faculty member at Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Indianapolis and Indiana University Southeast and retired as an associate professor at Indiana University. Early in her career, she worked at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. She was active in her community and traveled as a volunteer to Indonesia, China, Mexico, and Hawaii. Survivors include a sister, three brothers, a stepdaughter, and two grandchildren.

Ruth Silvanus Emmanuel 62MN of Brooklyn, N.Y., on Jan. 14, 2011, at age 82.

Dr. Malinda L. (Mindy) Murray 62N of West Chester, Pa., on Jan. 21, 2012, at age 71. After graduation, she worked as a staff nurse in adult oncology at Emory University Hospital and then moved to New York to work at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She received her master's and doctorate of education from Columbia University. She held many academic positions during her career, including instructor of clinical and medical/surgical nursing at Skidmore College, coordinator of the baccalaureate program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and chair of the Department of Nursing at West Chester University. Survivors include a sister and two nieces.

Geraldine Buie Skipper 65MN of Tuscaloosa, Ala., on July 5, 2012, at 88. In 1985, she received the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award from the University of Alabama National Alumni Association. As a founding faculty member of the Capstone College of Nursing, she was presented the Janet S. Autrey Distinguished Nursing Leader Award in 2007. Survivors include a son and two grandchildren.

Adell Virginia (Ginny) Sisney Sharpless 67MN of Zanesville, Ohio, on Dec 26, 2011, at age 83. A native of Carl, Ky., she was a nursing instructor at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif., for many years. In 1992, she moved to Jasper, Texas, where she lived until moving to Ohio in 2008. Survivors include two sisters, two stepdaughters, four nephews, and two nieces.


Judith Oneida Hooks Dorsey 71MN of Raleigh, N.C., on June 3, 2012, at age 68. Survivors include her husband Ken, three children, a brother and sister, and five nieces. As she requested, her remains were donated to benefit medical research.

Gary R. Houston 77MN of Houston on Jan. 31, 2012, at age 62. Born in Dallas, Houston received his BSN from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston before enrolling at Emory to earn his MSN. He worked for 25 years at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and was the first male nurse hired by the institution. He then spent several years working as a nurse legal consultant before becoming ill with liver cancer. Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Deborah Armstrong Houston.


Carlyle Driver Bailey 80N of Merritt Island, Fla., on June 17, 2012, at age 54. Born in Miami, she attended Furman University before coming to Emory. She loved working with infants as a neonatal intensive care nurse at Holmes Regional for the past 13 years. Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Dan, three daughters, her mother, and a sister.

Dr. Marjorie Guthrie Morgan 82MN of Myrtle Beach, S.C., on March 27, 2012, at age 81. She was a nurse-midwife, a nurse anthropologist, and earned her PhD in transcultural nursing in her 60s. She raised a family with her first husband, William D. Grimmer. After becoming a licensed RN in 1970, she worked for many years at Ocean View Memorial Hospital and Grand Strand Regional Medical Center as head nurse in the emergency department. She married her second husband, Tom Morgan, who passed away in 1978.

She then earned her BSN at the University of South Carolina and her master's in nurse-midwifery at Emory. After working and teaching for a few years, she moved to Detroit to earn her PhD in 1994 from Wayne State University. Her dissertation was titled “Prenatal Care of African American Women in Selected USA Urban and Rural Cultural Contexts.” Morgan resettled in Myrtle Beach and made frequent volunteer trips to Benin and the Dominican Republic to provide specialist nursing support, sometimes taking grandchildren with her. Survivors include two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, five grand-dogs, and two sisters.


Heidi Beth Cohn 95N of Atlanta on Aug. 10, 2011.

Sallie Jo Sedgwick 95N of Roswell, Ga., on Feb. 8, 2012, at age 47. She was an oncology nurse at Emory's Winship Cancer Institute. Survivors include her husband of 28 years, Scott, four children, and a brother.

Nancy A. O'Neill 97MN of Pulaski, Va., on March 2, 2012, at age 73. She graduated from Wilcox College in Middletown, Conn., with a diploma degree in nursing. She also held a bachelor's and a master's degree in sociology. She became a family nurse practitioner after completing her MSN at Emory. She is survived by her husband, Bill.


Dr. Dorothy Lee Coverson 06PhD of Union City, Ga., on April 12, 2012, unexpectedly at her residence. She was 44. A native of Hamilton, Ga., she received her BSN from Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga., and her MSN from Troy State University in Phenix City, Ala. She earned her PhD in nursing and a certificate in women's studies at Emory. Coverson then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiology at Emory's School of Medicine. She joined Atlanta's Morehouse School of Medicine, serving as assistant professor with the Cardiovascular Research Institute and in Community Health and Preventive Medicine. Coverson was a member of Chi Eta Psi nursing sorority and the NAACP. Survivors include six brothers and sisters, five nieces and nephews, and several grand nieces and nephews.

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