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Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee  69MN and Evelyn Monahan 79T have written their fourth military history book: A Few Good Women: America’s Military Women from World War I to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (Knopf 2010). Their book chronicles stories of courageous military women over a span of about 100 years.


Deborah Dobson Moore 75N of Greer, S.C., announces that her son, Scott Emory Moore, is a nursing graduate of the University of South Carolina. He is the regional representative for Sigma Theta Tau, conducts research at Greenville University Hospital System, and works in the emergency department at Greenville Memorial. He plans to go back to school to earn his master’s degree and his doctorate. “I am very proud of him!” writes Moore.


Mary Elizabeth (Mimi) Jenko 81MN published “Life Review in Critical Care: Possibilities at the End of Life” in the February 2010 issue of Critical Care Nurse. She is the clinical nurse specialist for palliative care at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland, Fla. Jenko has three sons and is the widow of Paul G. Jenko 79M.

Mary Lambert 81MN announces that her first grandson, Raheem Lambert, was born on March 30, 2010.

Catherine Futch 82MN was promoted to VP for regional compliance at Kaiser Permanente for the Georgia region. Futch joined Kaiser in 1995 after serving as assistant vice president for nursing services for the Grady Health System and teaching at Emory. She lives in Smyrna, Ga. 


Susan Abrams Greene 95MN received the 2010 Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation. Greene is CEO, GNP, and founder of the Kessler Community Clinic in McCaysville, Ga., where she and her husband Bob live.

Kevin Lee Callaway 99N completed his MN degree at Jacksonville State University in Alabama. He joined the faculty there as an instructor in medical-surgical nursing and pathophysiology.

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Brittany Newberry 01N 03MN and her husband Wayne started the Blue Ridge Area Environmental Action (BRAEA) group to help the north Georgia town adopt more sustainable practices. They are working to start a citywide recycling program, ban trash burning, and organize local land and river cleanups. For more information, visit

MARRIED: Rachel Wesolowski 04N to Brent Weinberg on Sept. 13, 2009, in Norcross, Ga. The couple lives in Brussels, Belgium.

Benson Wright 05N is one of 31 health students nationwide to receive an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to improve health and access to care in underserved Chicago communities. Wright organizes health screenings and classes for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth at the Howard Brown Broadway Youth Center in Chicago. He is pursuing a dual degree as a critical care clinical nurse specialist/acute care nurse practitioner at Rush University. Wright also received the Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Nurses Alumni Association Award.

Kathleen Kearney 06MN is an adjunct faculty member at Texas Tech Health Science Center School of Nursing in Dallas and teaches legal and ethical issues in the RN to BSN program. She also practices law and was named Outstanding Litigation Member of the American Association of Nurse Attorneys for 2009. Kearney is the 2010 president of the Texas Chapter. Contact her at

BORN: Evangeline Yingxin to Christie Chee-young Oh Lo 08MN and her husband, Michael, on March 20, 2009. Lo started her first NP job in March 2010. The family lives in Mableton, Ga.

BORN: Jack Ryan to Jane Woodward 09N and her husband, Ryan, on July 23, 2010, in Atlanta. He is their first child. Anjli Aurora Hinman 06N 08MN of Intown Midwifery delivered Jack in a natural water birth. The family lives in Lilburn, Ga.

In Memory

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Sarah Alice Horton McCurdy 34N of Stone Mountain, Ga., on March 4, 2010, at age 98. Alice met her husband, Willis T. McCurdy, while she was in nursing school. She served as a private duty nurse and Southeastern supervisor for the American Red Cross blood bank during World War II. Later, she assisted her husband in his medical practice in Stone Mountain.

Sue P. McEldowney 35N of Jacksonville, Fla., on Feb. 8, 2010. She was raised by an aunt in Mansfield, Ga., after her mother died when she was 2. While attending nursing school at Emory, she met and later married her biochemistry instructor, Lawrence McEldowney. They were married for 66 years when he passed away in 2001. She practiced nursing in several states and worked with the American Red Cross in Atlanta while her husband served overseas during World War II. Afterward, they settled in Jacksonville and raised two sons.

Judy Morgan Castellow 36N of Pineview, Ga., on June 5, 2009. She was 94. She was a retired registered nurse and a member of Pineview Baptist Church.

Elsie Bailey Hudson 36N of Fernandina Beach, Fla., on Feb. 12, 2009, at age 95. She moved to Fernandina Beach from Atlanta 20 years ago. She loved looking for sharks’ teeth and unique shells and making handicrafts and crocheted booties for the health department to give to newborns.

Pauline Read Ross 38N, formerly of Milledgeville, Ga., on Aug. 25, 2008.


Evelyn Ward Blackburn 45N of Chapel Hill, N.C., on June 21, 2010, at age 85. While attending nursing school, she joined the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps in March 1944. She married William “Bill” Anderson Blackburn in 1947. They moved to Portsmouth, Va., in 1953 and to Chapel Hill in 1960, where they raised six children. Evelyn worked as a nurse at the UNC student health center and as a psychiatric nurse at Duke University Medical Center.

Nina Catherine Hiller Fussell 48N of Orange Park, Fla., on June 13, 2010, at age 86. After graduating from Emory, she worked as a nurse in Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; Titusville, Fla.; and Pensacola, Fla.; where she retired from Sacred Heart Hospital in 1984.

Mildred Cooper Gutzke 48N of Birmingham, Ala., on June 6, 2010, at age 82. She and her late husband, the Rev. Dr. Mark E. Gutzke, ministered together at Presbyterian churches in Snellville, Ga.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Perry, Ga. She lived in the Atlanta area for more than 20 years before moving to Birmingham in 2007.

Virginia Singletary McKean 49N of Mobile, Ala., on Feb. 17, 2010. She worked 17 years as a surgical nurse at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center. Virginia volunteered as a nurse on the Anastasia, sailing to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.


1st Lt. Virginia “Swanny” Williams 54N of Atlanta on Jan. 12, 2010, at age 85. Among other groups, she was a member of the Atlanta Yacht Club, the Military Order of the World Wars, and the Atlanta Number 18 Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Betty Jean Dix Pritchett 55N of Atlanta on Feb. 10, 2010, at age 76. Survivors include two sons, Edwin Pritchett of Atlanta and James Pritchett of Princeton, N.J. Edwin writes that his mother took her nursing schooling at Emory very seriously and was dedicated to the school her entire life.

Dr. Muriel E. Chapman 56MN of Bridgman, Mich., on June 6, 2010, at age 93. Chapman graduated as a nurse at San Diego County General Hospital in 1937. She worked in New Mexico, assisting with home deliveries. Later she worked in an obstetrical facility in North Carolina, where mothers remained eight to 12 hours post partum. Chapman then visited mother and baby in their Appalachian homes, sometimes parking the car and walking to visit patients. During the 1960s, she taught nursing at Crawford Long School of Nursing and the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Among other accomplishments, Chapman chaired the nursing department at Berea College in Kentucky and then was assistant chair of the nursing department at Andrews University. She also wrote the book Mission of Love: A Century of Seventh-day Adventist Nursing (2000). After retiring in 1985 at age 70, she volunteered as a missionary in Thailand, near the Thai-Burma border, where she trained refugees to become village health workers.

Elizabeth L. Good 58MN, formerly of Dallas, Texas, on May 30, 2001.

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Dr. Jeanne Stein Shaw 63N 76MN of Atlanta on July 10, 2010, at age 75. She was an RN and certified sexual therapist with a PhD in clinical psychology who practiced for more than 30 years. She drove her beloved 1973 former Checker Cab around town and toured the country in a Winnebago at age 60. Shaw was known for her successful weekend retreats for couples. She published a popular book, Journey Toward Intimacy: A Handbook for Couples.

Sandra Ann Martina Mock 65N of Auburn, Ala., on March 29, 2010, at age 67. She was raised in Winter Park, Fla., the eldest of five children. At Emory she met and married William Mock in 1965. They moved to Auburn in 1973 and raised three children.

Cherry Braswell Rutland 65N of Covington, Ga., on Feb. 3, 2010, at age 67 after a 15-year battle with breast cancer. She received a diploma degree from Georgia Baptist Hospital School of Nursing before enrolling at Emory. Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Robert (Bob) Rutland, and three daughters.

Dr. Karen A. Buhler-Wilkerson 66N 69MN of Philadelphia on Feb. 13, 2010, at age 65, after battling ovarian cancer for more than five years. Since 1972, she was a nursing professor and health care historian at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, where she directed the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing. She also co-founded a program for the care of frail elders in West Philadelphia, which was owned and operated by the nursing school. She perhaps was best known for her book, No Place Like Home: A History of Nursing and Home Care. Survivors include her partner of 17 years, Dr. Neville Strumpf, two sons, and two grandchildren.

O’Lynn Jacobs Allen 68N of Atlanta on Jan. 16, 2010, at age 64. Survivors include a daughter, a son, four stepchildren, and a large extended family.

Anne Sullins Jourolmon Terrell 69N of Front Royal, Va., on Aug. 31, 2010, at age 63. She had worked in the Prince William Health District and retired as a nurse manager. In 2000, she was voted “Most Influential Woman of Prince William County.” A member of Kernstown United Methodist Church, she was the parish nurse, directed the handbell choir, sang in the church choir, and was active in community service. She is survived by her husband, Donald S. Hillyard, whom she married in 1994.


Kathryn Noe Donovan 70MN of East Point, Ga., on March 18, 2010, at age 87.

Elaine Boggan Francis 70N of Winter Park, Fla., on April 19, 2010, at age 63. After graduating, she worked as a pediatric nurse at Florida Hospital in Orlando. Survivors include her husband, Benny J. Francis.

Helaine (Laine) Averbuch Fuldauer 76N of Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 28, 2009, at age 54. She first worked as a charge nurse in the surgical ICU at Vanderbilt University Hospital. In 1980, she earned her MBA from Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt and later worked as an auditor for Price Waterhouse. In 1987, she joined the Owen staff, serving as director of alumni affairs, director of financial aid, and admissions director. She retired in 2000. Survivors include her husband, Larry Fuldauer, and two children.

Sandra L. McGettigan 78N of Tucson, Ariz., on Dec. 7, 2009, after battling a brain tumor for more than 10 years. “She was born March 25, 1955, in Ankara, Turkey, and passed away at the VA hospital in Tucson,” her father, John McGettigan writes. “She had a varied career as a nurse and ended up as a jet pilot before her brain tumor was diagnosed.”


Carol K. Hirsch 82N, formerly of Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 20, 2007.

Mary Elizabeth (Meg) Jeffrey 83N of Atlanta on May 11, 2010, of arrhythmia at age 48. She worked at the Emory Transplant Center for nearly 20 years and was known as the center’s goodwill ambassador. She first worked with patients as a kidney-pancreas coordinator and post-transplant nurse. She then moved into her true calling as outreach coordinator, traveling around Georgia to advise prospective patients on how to qualify for transplant surgery and explaining the pros and cons of transplants. “Meg’s patients from 10, 15, and 20 years ago would stay in touch and invite her to special family occasions,” says Emory transplant surgeon Nicole Turgeon. “When I came to Emory a few years ago, Meg was the first person to take me to lunch and show me around. And she did that with all newcomers.” Meg is survived by her husband, Charlie Jeffrey.

Luanne Cranston 84N of Cartersville, Ga., on July 5, 2010, at age 49. She died peacefully at home after a yearlong battle with ALS. A native of Hogansville, Ga., she worked for more than 20 years at the West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange, Ga. More recently, she was a Certified Diabetes Educator at the Harbin Clinic in Rome, Ga., and was instrumental in setting up diabetes management programs in the state.


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