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Edith Young West 54N has published Memories of Haiti (Trafford 2011), chronicling 33 years and updated after the 2010 earthquake. In her book, West describes her experiences as a missionary in Haiti and her extended family there and in the United States. After graduating from Emory, she earned a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing education at Boston University. Her nursing career took her to Florida, California, and Pennsylvania as well as Haiti. West currently lives in Apex, N.C. Her book is available on and


Dr. Mona Counts 70MN of Waynesburg, Pa., was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nurses in 2011. She holds an endowed chair at Penn State University, teaches NP students, and works in community development and outreach, including part-time work at the Primary Care Center of Mt. Morris.

Dr. Nancy Langston 72MN, dean of nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), received the 2011 Nancy Vance Award for nursing excellence from the Virginia Nurses Association (VNA). The award was created in 1948 in memory of Vance, whose work improved the health of thousands of Virginia children. “Dr. Langston is the ideal recipient for this honor, given her commitment to the highest nursing standards throughout her career,” said Susan Motley, VNA executive director. “She has made a significant impact on nursing education, research, and service in the community.” Langston served several nursing schools prior to joining VCU in 1991.

Dr. Rebecca Dick Peinhardt 74N, associate professor of nursing at Jacksonville State University, was appointed director of graduate studies for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She lives in Birmingham, Ala.

Brenda S. Rowe 75MN was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Georgia Board of Nursing in 2011. Rowe is an associate professor at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University. She served 28 years in the Army Nurse Corps with the U.S. Army Reserves. Rowe is a member of the Georgia Nurses Association and the State Bar of Georgia, having earned a law degree from Georgia State University. She and her husband, Grant, live in Grayson, Ga.

Dr. Pamela Sue Chally 77MN, dean of Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida, received the Celebration of Nurses Inspiration Award from HealthSource Magazine last June. The award recognizes nurses for helping people and inspiring others in the field. As dean, Chally oversees the administration of clinical and applied movement sciences, nutrition and dietetics, public health, the School of Nursing, the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy, and the Center for Aging Research.

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Helen O’Shea will be honored by Emory’s Emeritus College this fall for her accomplishments before and after her retirement in 2003. She served with the nursing school for 32 years and as a nurse for more than 40 years.

The 2011 Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy, held at the Carter Center last fall, brought together mental health leaders, stakeholders, and practitioners from across the country. Among them were Dorothy Jordan 82MN, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Nursing, and five students from the accelerated BSN/MSN program. Pictured here with Mrs. Carter (center) are Anne Englehart (left),Nichole CostaAaron Druck, Jordan, Shawn Marie Fox, and Erin Graham. (Photo by Paige Rohe)

J. Michael Pate 81MN was promoted to foreign service senior executive in the U.S. Department of State. He completed his assignment in Kuwait and now serves at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Elizabeth (Hilliard) Sexton 81N earned her master’s in nursing at Western Carolina University, where she is now an assistant professor in community nursing, reports her husband, John Sexton 82N. He holds a master’s in community health and a family nurse practitioner degree from the University of Virginia. While the Sextons’ permanent address is Arden, N.C., they are considered “international” because of their 20 years of mission service with Presbyterian Church of America.

The Sextons first lived in the Amazon of Peru and Caudal Jared, Mexico, and subsequently served in Belize, Southern Sudan, Ethiopia, Cambodia, and Bangladesh. They train village health workers in remote areas, teach missionaries in health and medicine to serve in those areas, and assess needs for future work in countries such as Mexico, the Philippines, and Mali.

John recently returned from Myanmar, where he taught health workers in the mountain region. Although Elizabeth travels less often since they have two daughters at home, she continues to work with the Cree People of Alberta, Canada. The entire Sexton family takes a mission trip each summer.

Anne Levorsen Hammer 82N won the first “Sure Shot Award” given by the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition for dedication and leadership in attaining full vaccination coverage in the community. Hammer is a nursing clinical coordinator for the Denver Health and Hospital Authority.


Brenda Clark 95MN was promoted to director of clinical operations with CVS MinuteClinic. She oversees development and implementation of new programs and initiatives and identifies areas for improvement in daily clinic operations. Clark began her career with MinuteClinic as a clinical provider in the Atlanta market and for the past five years served as district manager of operations for Atlanta West. She is now based in the corporate office in Rhode Island.

Dr. Penny Louise Flavin 95MN completed her DNP at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn. In her capstone project, she assessed the impact of a pre-diabetes practice change intervention led by nurse practitioners in primary care clinics.

Kim Kathleen Kuebler 95MN (adult oncology) completed her DNP at Vanderbilt University.

MARRIED: Anna M. Simon 95N and Jeff Hollabaugh on Aug. 20, 2011, in Newtown, Pa. She works at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a pediatric nurse practitioner and serves on the exam committee for the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

Merrie Elizabeth Wallace 95MN was named executive vice president of product solutions at Awarepoint Corp. For 20 years, she held executive roles with McKesson Corp. and other health care technology companies and health care provider organizations. She and her husband, Stephen, live in Jonesboro, Ga.

Nancy (King) Curdy 96MN was elected to a three-year term as director-at-large for the National Association for Healthcare Quality. She is a founding member of the Georgia Association for Healthcare Quality and served as president the first year. Curdy has been a nurse for 33 years, primarily as an adult nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist (CNS) for critical care. She also helped develop and oversee an outpatient heart failure clinic. She served several years as the CNS for quality and now serves as the CNS for critical care and ED at Emory Johns Creek Hospital north of Atlanta.


Maggie Marie

Maggie Marie, daughter of Molly Graybeal 01N 04MN

BORN: Maggie Marie Graybeal to Molly Tripp Graybeal 01N 04MN and her husband, Craig, on Sept. 24, 2011. Molly is a women’s health NP at Open Door Community Health Services in Muncie, Ind. She writes that she and Craig have been married for five years, they have a dog named Rupert, and they were excited to welcome Maggie Marie into the family.

Frank Edward (Eddie) Gammill 01N 05MN joined Towers/Watson in Atlanta as a health management consultant last July. He previously served six years as manager of Wellness Programs with Emory’s Faculty Staff Assistance Program.


Emory Nursing in the World

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Susie Reynolds 06N (left) and her mother Cheryl Murphy 77N took along their copy of Emory Nursing during a trip to Milan, Italy. Where are you reading Emory Nursing? We’d love to know. Send your photos from near and afar to 

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The following five alumni were recognized in 2011 by the March of Dimes for nursing excellence. Nurses were honored in 16 different specialties.

Judith Wold 81MN
Public Health – Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Alice Kerber 85MN
Oncology – St. Joseph’s Hospital

Ora Douglass 91MN
Hospice, home health, and palliative care – Atlanta VA Medical Center

Carolyn DeSandre 99MN
Advanced Practice – North Georgia College & State University

Thomas Flynn 10N
Rising Star – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta


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In Memory


Virgie M. Misenheimer 30N of Snellville, Ga., on Feb. 23, 2003, at age 96. She previously lived in Stockbridge, Ga.

Emma Ruth Rossman 39N of Marianna, Fla., on Oct. 18, 2006, at age 94.


Janette Rainey Calhoun 41N of Milledgeville, Ga., on May 5, 2011, after a 21-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 92.

Jocelyn (Jo) Shearouse McLean Shaw 42N of Slidell, La., on Oct. 19, 2011, at age 90. Shaw served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in England during WWII. For more than 30 years, she worked as a labor and delivery nurse at Baptist Hospital in New Orleans.

Fay Mangham Knight 43N of Gainesville, Fla., on Dec. 8, 2011, at age 91. She co-founded Hospice of North Central Florida 33 years ago. Today, the nonprofit serves 18 counties with more than 800 volunteers. She was the first recipient of the annual Fay Knight Volunteer Award, created by the hospice in her honor.

Mary T. Custar 44N of Tavares, Fla., on July 10, 2011, at age 90. A lifelong resident of Tavares, she worked as a visiting home nurse during the 1940s and 1950s and later in a private practice.

Margaret Thompson Brown 46N of Alexander City, Ala., at home on July 21, 2011, at 86. She had been in declining health for some 10 years. A native of Atlanta, she worked many years as a nurse and especially enjoyed surgery and pediatrics.

Anne Rhodes Dishner 46N of Little Rock, Ark., on Aug. 1, 2011, at age 90. She was born in Quitman, Ga., and grew up in Atlanta. She had a long career as an RN, working in Georgia, Missouri, Nebraska, and Arkansas. She retired from International Paper in Pine Bluff, Ark., after 18 years.

Carolyn Lewis Hodges 47N of Clarkesville, Ga., on June 9, 2011, after battling cancer. She was 85. Born in Ann Arbor, Mich., she moved to Georgia at age 2. She married Dr. Thomas L. Hodges in 1944. After graduating from Emory, she taught nursing arts at the school for one year. The couple moved to Habersham County in 1958 and raised six children. A long-time member of the Methodist Church, Hodges went on many mission trips.

Harriet Hanner Tucker 47N of Loganville, Ga., on Nov. 4, 2011, at age 86 after a short illness. She first worked at Emory University Hospital and then joined Grady Memorial Hospital, specializing in pediatrics for many years. In the 1970s, she began breeding and showing Welsh Corgis, starting with Pembrokes (the same breed associated with Queen Elizabeth) but later switched to Cardigan Welsh Corgis (known as Cardis). Tucker’s survivors include her “children with tails,” Lily and Joe.

Ellen Randle Zeliff 48N of Bloomfield, N.J., on July 5, 2011, at age 85. She had a fulfilling career as an RN at Bergen Pines Hospital and Hackensack Hospital in New Jersey.


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Laurel Post Shore 51N of Clearwater, Fla., on Sept. 10, 2010, at age 80.

Anne Adams Wallace 54N of Sanford, Fla., on July 4, 2011, at home with family. She taught nursing at the University of Florida in the 1950s. Her first husband, George Shinaberger, died in an auto accident while she was pregnant with their son George. She returned to her family in Sanford and in 1960 married Al Wallace. He passed away in 1990.

Anne was active in real estate in the 1970s and was competitive in ballroom dancing for many years. Survivors include companion Braxton Godwin, two sons, and a daughter.

Martha Colquitt Baron 56N of Greenville, S.C., on Oct. 29, 2011. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Martha grew up in Thomaston, Ga. She lived in Glen Head, N.Y., before moving to Greenville in 2005 to be closer to family.

Edna Gay Wilson 56N of Keystone Heights, Fla., on May 25, 2011, at age 77. During her distinguished career, she served as head nurse, nursing educator, and administrator at many prominent institutions, including St. Vincent’s in Jacksonville. She retired from Northeast Florida State Hospital in Macclenny, where she served as nursing administrator for 13 years. Edna was loved and respected by scores of nurses who studied under and worked for her.


Kathryn DuPree Ransbotham 60MN of Stone Mountain, Ga., on Aug. 23, 2011, at age 88. She was director of the Georgia Baptist School of Nursing for 24 years. Ransbotham received awards from Mercer University, Georgia State University, and the Medical College of Georgia for outstanding administrative and educational work.

Alma J. Leonard-Johnson 64MN of Atlanta, on Sept. 14, 2008. At one time, she worked at Tuskegee University School of Nursing in Alabama.

Fay F. Russell 66MN of Moscow, Tenn., on Dec. 24, 2008, at age 83. She worked for the University of Tennessee.

Mary Frank Clonts Wynn 66N 67MN of Dahlonega, Ga., on Nov. 9, 2011, at age 68, of complications from chemotherapy.  She was retired from the mother-baby unit at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Dahlonega. After graduating from Emory, she taught nursing at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta and later at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She designed the curriculum for the LPN-to-BSN program at Golden Triangle Vo-Tech Center in Columbus, Miss. Recently, she was auditing courses in art history and medieval history at North Georgia College and State University.

Dr. Betty E. Smith 67MN of Ruston, La., on March 29, 2010, at age 80. She began her career as an LPN, practicing at several facilities, including what is now the Atlanta VA  Medical Center. She received her doctorate in nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi and taught at the University of Louisiana at Monroe from 1967 to 1982. She was instrumental in establishing the nursing program at Grambling State University in Louisiana and was dean of the College of Professional Studies until she retired in 2006. Following Smith’s death, the Louisiana legislature passed a resolution expressing condolences and recognizing her outstanding contributions to nursing.

Dr. Katherine Snyder Gallia 68MN of Minneapolis, Minn., on June 19, 2011, at age 66. After graduating from Emory, she worked as a nurse and nursing instructor and married Charles Gallia in 1969. After moving to Austin, Texas, Gallia earned a PhD at the University of Texas. She was a nursing professor at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio for 13 years and, since 2004, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focused on the spiritual care of cancer patients and their families.


Barbara A. White 72MN of Annandale, Va., on May 16, 2011, at age 68. She was retired from the Virginia State Health Department.


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Martha Rebecca Barrow 85N 95A of Aledo, Texas, on Oct. 13, 2011, at age 49. In addition to her nursing degree, Barrow earned a master of science in anesthesiology from Emory. She was an anesthetist at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and Northwest Anesthesiology in Houston. A proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Barrow enjoyed studying her family’s history. Her greatest passion was animals and the elimination of homeless pets through adoption and spay/neuter programs. Survivors include her sister, best friend, and fellow nursing grad Ann Barrow Harris 81N of Atlanta.


Melanie Claire Baron-Alpert 95MN of Greer, S.C., on June 16, 2011, at age 41. She was raised on Long Island in Glen Head, N.Y. She earned her BSN at the University of Pennsylania School of Nursing. She worked as a family nurse practitioner in several medical practices in the Greenville area and was loved by her patients and co-workers. Her mother, Martha Colquitt Baron 56N, survived her by only four months.


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