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Class News


Tommie Kappler 51N was named grand marshal of the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in McIntosh County, Ga. She has been a longtime member of the NAACP and is a registered nurse in eight states.


Cathleen Shultz 76MN, dean of Harding University College of Nursing, will assume the presidency of the National League for Nursing in September. The 29,000-member league supports nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. She has been a member of NLN since 1976 and became a NLN-certified nurse educator in 2006.

She also was appointed to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing for a four-year term to expire in 2012. She previously served on the board from 1989-1992. Shultz is the only nurse to have served as president of the State Board of Nursing and the Arkansas Nurses Association.


Mary Gullatte 81MN was awarded the 2008 APEX Publication Award of Excellence for Clinical Guide to Antineoplastic Therapy: A Chemotherapy Handbook, for which she is the editor. The handbook provides detailed information on all aspects of chemotherapy administration.


Anna Catherine Foshee 94Ox 96N completed her oncology certification. She is the day shift supervisor of the medical-oncology unit at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, Ga. She also works with Deborah Briese 96N, both of whom attended a recent leadership retreat.

BORN: Garrett Benjamin to Molly Jones Bachtel 99N and husband Garrett on Dec. 11, 2008. Mary is director of the student health service at Oxford College.

James F. Lawrence 99MN will be named as a fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in June. His dissertation research on advance directives in institutionalized older adults was published in the March edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.


BORN: Samantha Eley to Stephanie Honeycutt 02N 06MN and husband Jason on Dec. 9, 2008. The family lives in Winder, Ga.

Carrie DeBoer 08MN/MPH and Shauna Mettee 09MN/MPH will enter the Epidemic Intelligence Agency of the CDC this summer. The EIS was established in 1951 to combat the root causes of major epidemics. EIS officers, for example, have documented the U.S. obesity epidemic, helped states reduce tobacco use, and studied whether disease outbreaks were a result of bioterrorism.

In Memory


Dorothy Edwards Lane 34N of Orlando, Fla., on May 24, 2008. She served in the U.S. Army before her marriage to an Army doctor. They lived around the world on various postings. She was preceded in death by her husband, William, and is survived by their three children and five grandchildren.

Wilma F. Nix 39N of Smyrna, Ga., on Dec. 5, 2008. “She was most proud of her nursing career,” her daughter, Shirley Loiselle, wrote to Emory Nursing. “She lived a good life for 90 years and spoke often about nursing training and the career she was so proud of. I placed her Emory cap in her casket. She was an excellent nurse who did what she loved, caring for others.” In addition to her daughter, Nix is survived by two grandsons.

Delta Taylor 39N of Hykesville, Tenn., on March 27, 2007. She was 91.

Marguerite Beasley Williams 39N of Fairfax, Va., on Jan. 12, 2009. She was 95. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harley, and is survived by their four children and four grandchildren.


Margaret Hasty 43N 62N of Hiawassee, Ga., on July 4, 2007. She was 87. She is survived by her son.

Margaret McGibony Boatwright 45N
of Clarksville, Ga., on Nov. 5, 2008. She was 87. During her career, she worked at Habersham County Medical Center and the health departments of Habersham, Stephens, and Hall counties. She is survived by two sons, two daughters, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Florence Peet Brent 46N of Dalton, Ga., on Feb. 7, 2009. She helped establish Hamilton Home Health, Hamilton Hospice, Hamilton Industrial Health, Olive Branch Hospice, and the first shelter for battered women and children in Whitfield County, Ga. She is survived by her husband, Oscar, their two children, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Frances McMichen Lawson 47N
of Atlanta, on Nov. 9, 2008. She was 86. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl.

Anne B. Davis 49N 71MN
of Monroe, Ga., on Nov. 9, 2008. She worked for DeKalb County health department and as district nursing director in Brunswick, Ga. She is survived by her daughter, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


Janice Clack Geller 60N of Raleigh, N.C., on Jan. 31, 2009. After earning her master’s in clinical science at Rutgers University, she taught at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She worked, taught, and published in both individual and group psychotherapy.

Jane C. Blankenship 62N of Parkville, Md., on July 30, 2008. She is survived by her father, Floyd.

Patricia Lynn Sutton 62N of Sandy, Utah, on October 10, 2008, of cancer. After graduation, she moved to Germany where she worked at the 97th General Army Hospital. She married her husband, a lieutenant in the Army, in 1963, and the couple returned to the United States in 1964. She continued to work as a nursing supervisor for more than 20 years. She is survived by her husband, William, two daughters, and four grandchildren.


Laura Susan Stevens Cox 77N of Blountville, Tenn., on April 17, 2008, of multiple sclerosis. She was 53. She is survived by her husband, Steven, and two daughters.


Judith Eakin Schmitt 89MN/MPH of Atlanta, on Aug. 31, 2008. She was 69. She served as a nurse practitioner until her retirement in 2006. She is survived by two sons and a granddaughter.

Faculty Deaths

Frances R. Tanksley 47N of Atlanta, on Feb. 18, 2009. She was 84. She taught nursing at Emory for several years. She was a longtime member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, Federation of Republican Women, and Fulton County Republican Women. She is survived her sons Jeptha, Charles, and Thomas, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Mary E. White of Anderson, S.C., on Jan. 24, 2009. She was 102. She grew up in Anderson, Ga., and didn’t begin her nursing career until age 41. She taught at the School of Nursing and Anderson Memorial Hospital. She retired as hospital administrator of Hart County Hospital. She is survived by her nephews and nieces.

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