Nurses - Class Notes

We salute your achievements!

The KUMC Alumni Association welcomes the chance to inform your fellow graduates of the events and activities in your life. Publications, awards, marriages, retirements, moves, promotions, birth announcements-you're sure to come across news from someone you remember. Browse here by class to find news of your former classmates and take a moment to submit a note of your own.

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1950s

1950 – In Memoriam: Marilee Woodruff Jones
Marilee was born on April 23, 1927 on the Woodruff homestead in Ada, Kansas to Oliver and Vera (Redding) Woodruff. Her early years were filled with the daily activities of farm life in the depression era of the 1930s and the war years of the 1940s. First educated in a one-room school house, she went on to become a proud graduate of both Kansas State University and the University of Kansas, earning degrees in home economics and nursing, and laying the foundation for a lifetime of caring for others ahead of herself. A beautiful woman, she married Robert A. "Bob" Jones in Ada on August 29, 1950. The couple first lived in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, then moved to Southern California in 1959. They settled in Great Falls in 1966, and shortly thereafter, Marilee went to work as a registered nurse at the old Columbus hospital, caring for countless patients for 24 years with compassion and a personal touch, always quick to ask, "How can I help?" She was also instrumental in developing the new Columbus hospital's emergency room in the1980s. Following retirement in 1990, Marilee continued working in service to others in numerous volunteer positions. Throughout her life, Marilee loved spending time with family; enjoyed vacations that included camping and fishing; traveled throughout the Western United States; and tended a beautifully landscaped yard and garden that bloomed with a variety of roses. She also enjoyed creatively decorating her home, working on sewing projects with her daughters, and teaching her children the simple joys of cooking using the flavors of the Kansas plains in the shadows of the mountains of Montana. Marilee is survived by her children, Kathy Jones (Paul "Buzz") Erb of Great Falls, Barbara Jones (Tim) Pearson of Kalispell, Kenneth Michael Jones of Casper, Wyoming, and Gary Alan Jones, also of Casper; her brother Robert (Beverly) Woodruff of Minneapolis, Kansas; and her cherished friend of more than 20 years, Jim Noble. Grandchildren Lance (Melissa) Foley, Amber Foley (Kevin) Westie, Krystal Erb Phares, Ryan Pearson and Casey Pearson, and five great grandchildren: Darleen Westie, Isabel Foley, Cale Phares, Jordan Phares, and Alexandra Phares. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 41 years, Bob; her parents; sister Darlene (Corky) Freeman; and her dearly loved parents-in-law, Robert A. and Beatrice Jones. The family would like to thank the staff of Bluebird House for their tireless and loving care of Marilee. (Updated June 2015)

1950 – Donna VanGoethem, RN
Donna has a big family with 8 great grandchildren. She has moved to a nice two bedroom apartment and is happy to be free of house maintenance. (Updated January 2015)

1953 - In Memoriam: Donna Mills Budke
Donna Lou Mills Budke, 84, Overland Park, passed away peacefully while surrounded by family Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Throughout her long illness with dementia, she remained positive and cheerful. Donna was born in Topeka, Kan., to parents Donald and Jewell (Dennis) Mills. She graduated from Washington High School and obtained a nursing degree from the University of Kansas. She loved children, animals, art and gardening. Donna was an active member of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church and volunteered as a docent at the Kansas City Zoo. Donna married Harry T. Budke, Jr. in 1962. She was dearly loved by brother, Bill "Jazzbo" Hargrave, children, Leslie (Peter) Malle, Jennifer (David) Roselli, Christopher (Deborah) Budke, and David (Diana) Budke, her grandchildren, Scott (Monica) Reed, Tim Reed, Matthew (Kelsey) Roselli, Luke and Sam Roselli, Allison, Rachel and Sarah Budke, and Daniel Budke, and her great-grandchildren, Dylan, Vivian, and Mikayla Reed. Her husband and parents preceded Donna in death. (Updated December 2015)

1954 - In Memoriam: Marian Hoecker Montgomery
Marian passed away on September 12, 2015. (Updated October 2015)

1955 – In Memoriam: Marietta Shannon Powers
Marietta passed away on May 31, 2015. (Updated July 2015)

1956 - Martha Ohmsieder Baker
Martha is excited for the Nursing Class of 1956 Reunion this fall.  She hopes she can attend!  (Updated January 2016)

1956- Laura (Bobbie) Herring Cummings
Laura will have been married for 59 years on February 4. She has 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. 5 of her grandkids are soon to be married. (Updated January 2015)

1957 – Donna Hardman Hallewell
Donna keeps in touch with several Miller Hall friends, enjoys book club and walking with her husband and German shepherd, Shasta. (Updated March 2015)

1957 – Martha Morgan Sanders, PhD
Martha is a Dissertation Advisor for Nova Southeastern University, is a SANE nurse for Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Trustee for the Kansas Nurses Foundation (KNF) and an adjunct clinical instructor for Hutchinson Community College. (Updated March 2015)

1958 - In Memoriam: Elizabeth B. Almer
Elizabeth "Liz" Almer of Phoenix passed away peacefully on January 19th. Liz is survived by her husband Eugene "Duffy", daughter Shelley Stanley, son Courtney Anthony Almer and grandchildren Christopher Stanley, Amy Stanley, Isabel Almer and Alyssa Almer. Liz was born in Denver, Colorado to Richard and Dorothy Brandon, and spent a wonderful active childhood living with her mother on her grandparents' farm in Kansas. While earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at the University of Kansas she met her future husband Duffy. After they married in 1958, Liz and Duffy lived in San Antonio and Baltimore before settling in Phoenix in 1966. A devoted mother who always supported her children's interests, Liz was also active in the arts. For many years Liz served as a Docent for the Phoenix Art Museum, including Docent President 1990/1991. She was also an active supporter of the opera. Her love of arts and music led her on many travels around the world including Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. She was also an avid reader and bridge player who loved to host gatherings at their home. Liz's warm and gentle nature was felt by all who met her. Liz was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend; she will be truly missed by all who knew her. 

1958 – In Memoriam: Dolores Cook Christesen
Dolores M. Christesen, 79, of Shawnee, KS, passed away July 2, 2015. (Updated August 2015)

1959 – In Memoriam: Rose Roberts Langland
Rose Mary Langland, 78, of Columbia passed away Monday, April 20, 2015, at home.

Rose Mary was born to Guy and Blanche Roberts on June 8, 1936. She married Roger Langland on March 16, 1963, while serving as a short-term missionary nurse in Lahore, Pakistan.

Rose Mary received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at the University of Kansas and a Master of Science degree in nursing at the University of Missouri. She taught gerontological nursing at MU and was the staff nurse during the early years of the Adult Day Connection at MU. She was a lifelong member of Missouri United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Gwen Langland of Columbia and Robin Batt of Jacksonville, Fla.; one son, Lance (Mindy) Langland of Houston, Texas; one brother, Roger (Sandy) Roberts of Albuquerque, N.M.; and three grandchildren. (Updated April 2015)


1960s

1960 - In Memoriam: Carolyn Bolenbaugh Griesel
Carolyn Bolenbaugh Griesel lived a life of service to others. Predeceased by parents Edwin D. and Margaret M. Bolenbaugh. Survived by spouse, Wayne; two children: Rachelle (Parshall) and Curtis; seven grandchildren: Courtney Parshall (Young), Danielle Parshall, Sgt. Brent Parshall, Jordan Parshall, Matthew Griesel, Benjamin Griesel, Andrew Griesel; and two great grandchildren: Ariana and Wesley Young. (Updated October 2015)

1960 – In Memoriam: Karen Allphin
Karen Allphin was born Aug. 9, 1938 in Stafford, Kan. to Delwin H. and Helen G. Black Allphin and passed away Aug. 8, 2015, one day short of her 77th birthday. She graduated from Beloit High School, Beloit, Kan., in 1956 and from Kansas University School of Nursing in 1960. After working in pediatrics at the K.U. Medical Center for a couple of years, Karen lived in Santa Monica, Calif. and worked at The Neuropsychiatric Institute until 1965. For a year and a half she worked as a private duty nurse in Italy and England. In August, 1967 she moved to Boston, Mass. where she received her Master's Degree in Child Psychology at Boston University in 1969. While in Boston she worked with special needs children at Mass. Mental Health Center and in 1978 helped with disaster relief following severe flooding along the northeast coast. In May, 1979 Karen moved to Washington State where she lived with her sister's family for ten months; then moved to Klamath Falls, Ore. Karen taught in the School of Nursing at Oregon Institute of Technology and later worked for a CNN Home Health before her retirement. Karen was very attached to the many Golden Retrievers she had over the years and was very proud of Tess, the most recent dog she had. Karen and all of her dogs enjoyed the training process and they have been special companions for her - from Brandy in Boston, who would go to work with Karen, caring for the austic children as only a caring animal can do - to Tess. Karen was especially fond of the many friends she and Tess made out at Double C in Klamath Falls. Karen was preceded in death by her parents; Douglas File, nephew; and Julie and James File, great niece and great nephew. She is survived by her sisters and brother-in-law, Dee Ann Dickerson, Webb City, Mo. and Patricia and Brian Hogan, Kent, Wash.; six nieces and nephews: Donald (Colleen) File, Beloit, Kan.; Kathleen (Bill) Barstnar, Lone Tree, Colo.; Karyn (Brian) Hoffman, Castle Rock, Colo.; Deborah (Dave) Brannan, Puyallup, Wash.; Eric (Laurel) Hogan, University Place, WA; and Tricia Larson, Savannah, Ga. She also leaves twenty great nieces and nephews and six great great nieces and nephews as well as many cousins. Karen was always full of questions about these nieces and nephews and their children. She loved them one and all. Karen cared deeply for the many animals cared for by the Klamath Animal Shelter and memorials may be sent there at P. O. Box 482, Klamath Falls, OR 97601. (Updated August 2015)

1961 – In Memoriam: Ilene Smith Brawner Hall
Ilene Y. Hall (Brawner), 75 of Kansas City, Mo passed away April 15, 2015. She was born in Brewster, KS and later moved to Goodland, KS where she graduated high school in 1957. Ilene was passionate about nursing, education, and leadership and touched many people as she was a school teacher, school nurse, HR Director, and motivational speaker across the United States. Ilene was preceded in death by parents Roy and Ethelyn Smith, brother Delmer, nephew Jeff Zielke and brother-in-law Ted Zielke. She is survived by her husband Kent Hall; children Scott (Jamie) Brawner, Amy (Jay) Felton, her sister Phyllis Zielke, along with Kent's three children Kathy, Shon, and Brian. Ilene also has twelve grandchildren that she dearly loved. (Updated May 2015)

1961 - In Memoriam: Susan Nelson Morris
Susan F. Morris, 76, died Thursday, October 8, 2015, at her home. Susan was born July 26, 1939, and grew up with her older brother Robert in Leawood, Kansas, the daughter of Fred and Helen Gibbs Nelson. She was proud to receive her bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of Kansas and was a working Registered Nurse most of her adult life, continuing after retirement to provide volunteer service at Healthcare Access in Lawrence until her unexpected passing. Susan married the love of her life, Galen Z. Morris, in 1962 and together they made a wonderful life, making a home and raising a family in Salina, Kansas, until Galen's death in August of 1991. After moving to Lawrence in 1993, Susan embraced a new life making great friends, nursing at Brandon Woods in Lawrence and Alterra Sterling House in Topeka, Kansas, doing volunteer work and traveling around the world with friends and family. She is survived by her two best friends, sons Fred N. Morris of Stuyvesant, New York and Jeff D. Morris, of Kansas City, Missouri, and her daughter-in-law Mary and two grandchildren, Gibbs Morris and Evelyn Morris, who filled her heart and made her so proud to be "Granny Sue." She is also survived by many friends who she accepted into the family of her heart. Susan lived a life of action and purpose. She loved her country life near Salina, her dachshunds, working in her yard, the smell and look of a mowed lawn and her daily Jumble. She lived for meaningful times with her many friends, visits to Fred at his farm in New York State, time with her grandchildren, fishing at her family cabin and the adventures of daily life. (Updated October 2015)

1963 – Carolyn Budd Rogers
Carolyn finally retired at age 72 from Marlboro County Health Department in South Carolina.  At the time of retirement, she was enjoying being the Post-Partum Newborn Home Visit Nurse. (Updated August 2015)

1964 - Karen Atkins Epps
Karen Lou Epps, age 72, a resident of rural Fulton, Kan., died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at her home. She was born Oct. 21, 1942, in Fort Scott, Kan., the daughter of Martin Heine Atkins and Lou Sample Atkins. She graduated from Fort Scott High School with the class of 1960. She attended nursing school at the University of Kansas, graduating with her RN degree in 1965. She married Jim Epps on July 9, 1966, in Fort Scott. She worked part time at the Newman Young Clinic while raising their two girls. She also handled office duties for the family business, Epps Seed Company. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving as an elder and deacon. She was also a treasurer of the Hack Memorial Fund. She served on the board for the Beacon, volunteered for the Red Cross, and was a member of the P.E.O. She loved her faithful dog "Lucky." Her greatest pleasure was watching and supporting all the activities of her grandchildren. She was a loving, faithful wife and cherished mother and grandmother. Survivors include her husband Jim of the home; two daughters, Lisa Epps, Kansas City, Mo., and Lori Patterson and husband Sam, Leawood, Kan.; two grandchildren, Isaac and Abigail Patterson; and a brother, Kent Atkins and wife Alison, Wilmington, N.C. She was preceded in death by her parents. (Updated January 2016)

1965 (BSN), 1979 (MN) – In Memoriam: Bonnie Peterson, PhD
Bonnie Lou Peterson, PhD passed away on April 8, 2015 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Her family was with her when she passed. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM and visitation at 2 PM, Sunday, April 12, 2015 at First Presbyterian Church, 2415 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS. Bonnie Lou was born in Chillicothe, MO on September 9, 1943 to John Leslie and Lucille A (Hyke) Bashor. Her family moved to Kansas City in 1945 when her father was discharged from the US Navy. Bonnie attended Knott's Elementary School. She graduated from Southeast High School in 1961. She completed her BSN at University of Kansas School of Nursing in 1965. Dr. Peterson began her nursing career as a pediatric nurse at St. Mary's hospital and then at Children's Mercy Hospital (CMH), Kansas City, MO. She also taught Maternal Child and Pediatrics at Avila College where she introduced the first student clinical experience to nursing students at CMH. While Bonnie was working at CMH as a Nurse Clinician in the Pediatric Fail to Thrive Clinic, she began working on her MSN at KU School of Nursing, receiving her degree in 1979. In 1980, Dr. Peterson accepted a position as Vice President/Director of Nursing at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Hannibal, MO, a Sisters of St. Mary's Hospital. In 1985, Bonnie accepted a position as Vice President/ Director of Nursing at Children's Mercy Hospital, subsequently promoted to Sr. Vice President of Patient Care Services. While at CMH, she was part of the team that planned a new wing of the hospital and the Kaleidoscope theme for the hospital. She was involved the opening of the CMH South clinics in Overland Park that evolved in an inpatient facility; the participation of CMH in the Research Eagle Air Ambulance; in co-operation of St. Luke's Hospital the establishment of an Neonatal ICU at St. Luke's; and many other innovative hospital services. Dr. Peterson served as Vice President of Patient Care Services at Trinity Lutheran Hospital and Rehab Center in Kansas City, MO; Vice President of Patient Care Services at The Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. In 1998, Dr. Peterson accepted the position of Vice President/Chief Operating Officer at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence, KS. During her tenure at LMH, the hospital started a Wound Healing Center with Hyperbaric treatment; a hospital based Oncology Center; a Woman's Center at LMH South; participated in the design of the new Emergency Department and many other projects at LMH. Bonnie also enjoyed mentoring her fellow employees and encouraging their professional growth. In 2004, Bonnie retired from LMH. She began her pursuit of attaining a PhD degree at the University of Kansas, a long time goal. Bonnie received her PhD in teaching and curriculum with a minor in Nursing from the University of Kansas on May 12, 2012. Dr. Peterson then returned to her first love, teaching nursing students. Bonnie taught Leadership, Ethics and graduate level Clinical Nurse Leadership at Washburn University, Topeka, KS from 2007 until retiring in July 2014. After nine years of friendship, Bonnie married Oscar Peter Peterson, Jr on May 11, 1985, in Hannibal, MO. They were married nearly thirty beautiful years. They enjoyed traveling together and spending time with family and friends. They took a final cruise to the Caribbean in February 2015. Bonnie is survived by her husband, a daughter Marcie Lynn (Steven) Costello, Whidbey Island, WA.; four sons, Matthew L. (Claudia) Ainsworth, Kansas City, MO, Michael R. Ainsworth, Shawnee, KS, Oscar P. (Lisa) Peterson III, Kansas City, MO and Douglas A. (Robbie) Peterson, Phoenix, AZ; nine grandchildren, Lucia, Rain, Hugo Costello, Liam and Will Ainsworth, Joshua Peterson, Stuart and Derrick Fields and James (Erin) Fidler and great grandchildren , Brandon Fields, Xander and Aaralyn Fidler. Dr. Peterson's family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the LMH Oncology Center, at the LMH Wound Healing Center, the nursing staff at LMH 3 West and the staff at the KU Cancer Center. The family also wants to thank Dr. Matthew Stein, LMH, and Dr. Gary Doolittle, KU Cancer Center for their superb medical care and their deep caring for Bonnie during her struggles with the disease. (Updated April 2015)

1967 – Judy Butts Davis
Since retiring, Judy has indulged her passion for long distance backing. She has hiked over 1,900 miles on the Appalachian Trail.  In 2014, she hiked 1,000 miles on various trails. (Updated September 2014)

1967 – In Memoriam: Dorothy Ball Williams
Dorothy B. Williams age 91 of Bushnell, IL passed away at 2:45 P.M. Tuesday April 14, 2015 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, IL. Dorothy was born on August 17, 1923 in Bushnell, IL to George M. and Helen Leonard Ball. She married Lowell E. Williams in Bushnell, IL on July 4, 1947 and he preceded her in death on May 24, 1999. She is survived by 1 Son and 1 Daughter Lane E. Williams of Lawrence KS, and Laurie G. Connelly of San Diego, CA, 3 Grandchildren and 4 Great-Grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her Parents. Dorothy attended Cottey College, Western Illinois University and she graduated from the University of Iowa with a diploma from the Nursing program in 1947. She later received her BSN Degree from the University of Kansas in 1967. Dorothy was a Member of Chapter X P.E.O. in Bushnell, IL and was an active member in the Bushnell Presbyterian Church. She was a devoted Mom and a caring person to others in the community. (Updated May 2015)

1968 – Sharon Hutchison
Sharon has been retired for 10 years and keeps busy with philanthropic projects through her church and Johnson County Young Matrons. (Updated January 2015)


1970s

1971 – In Memoriam: Betty Umbehocker Amdall
Betty Marie Amdall passed away peacefully on April 14, 2015, eighteen days before her 90th birthday. Betty was born May 3, 1925 in Princeton, MN, to the late parents; Charles and Ina Marie (Hill) Umbehocker. Betty grew up in Princeton, MN and married her high school sweetheart, Kenneth Amdall, on July 27, 1946. Betty and Kenneth enjoyed 68 years together, traveled the world and lived in over 30 locations including: Caracas, Venezuela; Fort Dodge, Iowa; Kansas City, Missouri; and since 1977, Naperville, Illinois. Betty is survived by her husband and two children, John (Sharon) Amdall and Eileen (Asimios) Malliakos. Betty is also survived by her two grandchildren, Elizabeth Malliakos and Christina Malliakos. Preceding her in death are her parents and one brother, Gordon Umbehocker. Betty attended St. Olaf University in Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin – Stout. She later graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Kansas – Kansas City in 1971. In 1978 Betty received a Master’s in Nursing Education from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Betty completed most of her PhD in Nursing Education at Rush University in Chicago.  Betty started her career teaching home economics at the Clear Lakes, WI high school. After raising her family, she continued her education and taught nursing in Kansas City and Chicago. Betty was always ready to travel and to meet new people. Betty and Kenneth enjoyed an annual fishing trip to Minnesota, played bridge several time each month, and participated in square dancing for over 20 years. Betty always said that she, “enjoyed every minute of life” and that “she would do it all over again.” After retiring in 1988, Betty and Kenneth explored the option of relocating, but decided that Naperville offered the best opportunities. In addition to travel, fishing, bridge and square dancing, after retiring, Betty volunteered with several organizations including Naper Settlement Museum, AARP and the US Post Office. (Updated May 2015)

1972 – In Memoriam: Miki R. Christophersen
Miki passed away unexpectedly at her home in Leawood, Kan., on March 20, 2015, after a brief illness. Miki was born Sept. 25, 1948, in Oak Park, Ill., and spent most of her childhood in Bartlesville, Okla., with siblings, Wallace Allen and Jay Lynn. She married Edward R. Christophersen on Dec. 30, 1971. She graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Miki was an accomplished equestrian, specializing in Dressage. She served on the board of the United States Dressage Federation for more than two decades. She was active in the Kansas City community. She served as the Chairperson for the 2012 Symphony Ball, a Sustainer of the Kansas City Junior League, a member of the Mounted Patrol, and a member of the Lyric Circle, amongst other community organizations for more than 30y years. She was also instrumental in the development of the original Ronald McDonald House. She was preceded in death by her parents, Garland Charles (GC) and Margaret (Peg) Richardson. Miki is survived by her husband, Dr. Edward R. Christophersen, son, Hunter, daughter, Catherine Hanna, son-in-law, Mark Hanna, and grandchildren, Abigail Dianne and Alexander Mark Hanna, her two brothers, and countless friends. Miki's impact on the community will be a legacy for years to come, and her absence will be a loss felt deeply by all who knew and loved her. Her love of horses is seen throughout her home, with every pillow and picture. But nothing surpasses the love she had for her husband, Ed, for over 43 years, and the joy and pride she felt for her children and grandchildren. (Updated March 2015)

1978 – Thomas D. Campbell, Jr.
Tom is residing in Portland, Oregon, and working for Kaiser Permanente as an Operating Room RN, anticipating retirement the end of February, 2015. We wish him well in his retirement! (Updated January 2015)

1979 - In Memoriam: Kathleen M. Beer
Kathleen Margaret Beer, 64, passed away on Thursday, December 10, 2015 in Lawrence, KS. (Updated December 2015)


1980s

1981- Jean Giddens, PhD, RN, FAAN
Jean Giddens, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of the School of Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University was elected by the AACN membership to the Nominating Committee for a two-year term. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Professional Nursing (JPN) and was recently a member of the Leadership Advisory Board for the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium. In addition to her work with JPN, Dr. Giddens’ contributions to AACN include service on the Program Planning Committees for the Master’s Conference, Executive Development Series, and Faculty Development Conference. Read more.

1981 – Kathy (Schaefer) Lubetich
Kathy’s oldest daughter, Kelsey, 25, obtained a physics degree from Scripps College in Claremont, CA.  She will complete an associate’s degree in baking and patisserie from The Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, CA in August 2015.  Kathy’s youngest daughter, Shannon, 21, double majored in computer science at Pomona College in Claremont, CA in May 2015.  She has accepted a position at Google in Mountain View, CA.  Kathy has been married to John since 1984.  John graduated from the KU School of Medicine in 1987.  Since 1991, Kathy has spent her time volunteering with many organizations as well as supportive volunteer roles with her children.  Volunteer opportunities include Medical Society, Hospital Foundation, Hospital volunteer, PTSA, Destination Imagination, Girl Scouts, soccer and support in classrooms.  Kathy’s hobbies include exercise, snow skiing, reading, travel, visiting Disney parks often, music and volunteering. (Updated June 2015)

1981 – Debbie A. Travers, PhD, RN, FAEN
Debbie Travers, PhD, RN, FAEN, has been awarded tenure at the University of North Carolina. She is faculty in the School of Nursing with a joint appointment in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the School of Nursing.  Debbie and colleagues were recently awarded a grant from UNC Healthcare to study emergency department (ED) triage with the goal of reducing ED patient wait times. (Updated May 2015)

1982 (MSN) - Ann Suellentrop, RN, MSN
Ann Suellentrop, RN, MSN '82 has been Project Director for the Kansas City chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility since 2008.  PSR-KC recently hosted an exhibition at UMKC marking the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Included in the exhibit were several films, speakers and photographs regarding current nuclear issues.  Suellentrop also represents PSR-KC in the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA), a nationwide network of organizations of people living near nuclear weapons production and waste sites.  PSR-KC will host the annual fall meeting of ANA Nov. 5-7, 2015, in Liberty, Mo.  A panel discussion open to the public Thursday, Nov. 5, will focus on cleanup of the Bannister Federal Complex, a recently closed nuclear weapons parts factory in Kansas City and on the WestLake Landfill fire near radioactive waste from the Manhattan Project in St. Louis. (Updated November 2015)

1984 – In Memoriam: Carol J. Politsch, RN, MSN, APRN
Carol J. Politsch, 53, Kansas City, MO, passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. (Updated May 2015)

1986 (MN) – In Memoriam: Diana Reiser
Diana J. Reiser, 71, of Kansas City, MO, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother passed away peacefully at St. Luke's Hospice House on July 5, 2015. Diana was born Diana Whitney on October 28, 1943, in Joplin, MO. She was the youngest child of Wayne and Lucille Whitney, and little sister to Richard Whitney. She grew up in Lincoln, NE, and graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Nursing in 1965. She moved to Kansas City, MO after graduation where she met and married Frank B. Reiser on August 16, 1969. She completed her Master's in Education at UMKC in 1972, shortly after welcoming her daughter, Joan E. Reiser, into the world.Her son, Gregory C. Reiser, followed in 1975. The family were long-time members of St. Peter's Catholic Church, where the children attended school, and Diana was often found donating her time and talents. In 1986, Diana completed a Master's in Nursing at the University of Kansas, School of Nursing. She worked at Research Hospital, Menorah Medical Center, and taught nursing at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. She devoted much time to the families and new babies at St. Luke's Hospital for more than 20 years. She retired in 2008 after previously serving for many years as the Director of Inpatient Perinatal Services. Over the years, Diana served on the Board of Editors for the Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN), and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Theta Tau Honorary Societies. In 2002, Diana was appointed a charter member of a new multidisciplinary advisory council by the Vermont Oxford Network, an international database for neonatal care. Diana was one of only 13 neonatology experts internationally who comprised the new council. She was nominated for the position by Katherine Chaflin, M.D., a neonatologist at St. Luke's hospital. She assumed her favorite role in 2005 when she became a grandmother to Ella, daughter of Greg and Annemarie Reiser. More blessings followed with grandchildren Jack in 2007, Graham in 2009, and Audrey in 2011. Diana was well known for her beautiful needle-pointing, especially the Christmas stockings that she made for family and close friends. She loved to cook and enjoyed listening to Motown while driving around with the top down on her purple convertible. Diana also enjoyed nature watching with her husband, Frank, on family range-land in Northern NE. An area named Diana's Falls, in her honor, was a particularly favorite spot. Diana was preceded in death by her parents; Wayne and Lucille Whitney. Surviving to cherish her memory are her devoted husband, Frank; daughter, Joanie Reiser; son, Greg (Annemarie) Reiser; her brother, Richard (Elizabeth) Whitney; four delightful grandchildren, Ella, Jack, Graham and Audrey; and her nieces. Also Julie Fugate, who started as a college roommate, but became a beloved sister over the years. Her smile, sense of humor, love of chocolate, and big heart will be missed by all who knew her. Her family could not conclude this celebration of life without thanking the many caregivers who have cared for Diana during her long illness: The staffs of Brookside Adult Day Health Care, St. Luke's Hospital, Life Care Center of Grandview and St. Luke's Hospice House. (Updated July 2015)

1981 – In Memoriam: Norma Fenley Kuhn
Norma L. Kuhn, Overland Park, Kan., passed June 25, 2015, at the age of 88. Her husband, Cleo and her son, Karl preceded her in death. Norma is survived by sister, Bonnie Churchwell (Jim) and brother, Howard Fenley (Peggy), plus many nieces, nephews and friends. She lived most of her life in Kansas City. Norma was a registered nurse serving in hospitals, clinics and home health care. She graduated from St. Luke's School of Nursing and received a BSN degree from the University of Kansas. After retiring, she continued to serve others as a Kansas City Hospice volunteer. Cleo, Norma and Karl loved to travel and enjoyed many trips together. Norma was an avid reader and enjoyed the Arts. (Updated August 2015)


2010s

1990 - Linda Johnson Seymour
Linda and her husband, Grey, were in Overland Park for Linda's high school reunion in October. They drove by KU Medical Center to check things out, but didn't have time to stop in.  They did catch a Royals division playoff game and they won!  What a treat!  (Updated November 2015)  

1991 – In Memoriam: Kimberly Harms Parrish
Kimberly “Kim” Jean Parrish, 51, of El Dorado Springs passed from this life at 3:02 a.m. Monday, July 13, 2015 at Barton County Memorial Hospital in Lamar, Mo., after fighting the battle with cancer for over 2 1/2 years. She was born on October 10, 1963, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Eugene “Gene” Charles and Bonnie Jean (Amick) Harms.
Kim attended kindergarten in Kansas City, Mo., while her father worked for General Motors and farmed on the weekends. Her family then moved to Schell City in 1971 to begin farming full time. Kim attended school at Schell City as a first grader, until graduating with the Schell City High School class of 1982. While living in Schell City, Kim spent most days as a child outside on the farm, going to the creek or pond with her older sister Karen or helping her dad out in the fields. She raised bottle calves through a cow she named Priscilla. She used the money she made to pay for her first car in cash. Kim always had an interest for nursing beginning at a young age. She worked at multiple nursing homes and hospitals around the area while in high school, including Appleton City and El Dorado Springs. From high school Kim pursued a degree in nursing beginning at Avila in Kansas City from 1982-83 followed by MSSU in Joplin from 83-84 and then finally graduating with her Associates Degree in Nursing on May 9, 1986 from Labette Community College in Parsons, Kan. She took her state board nursing exam in July, 1986 and became a Registered Nurse. Kim would later further her education by getting her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kansas in 1991. On October 7, 1989, Kim was married to Jeffrey Michael Klenklen, of Independence, Mo., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. To this union, a daughter, Kelsey Elizabeth, was born on August 7, 1992. View full obituary online. (Updated August 2015)

1992 (MSN), 1996 (PhD)- Sarah Thompson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Sarah Thompson, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of the University of Colorado College of Nursing, was elected to a two-year term on AACN’s Nominating Committee. Her work to advance the profession has included serving on the VA Health System Research Review Committee, the Nebraska Action Coalition, and the Governing Council for the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s Health Professionals Education Collaborative. In addition to chairing the Task Force on the Implementation of the DNP, Dr. Thomson has supported AACN’s mission through service on the Faculty Development Conference Program Committee and the Gold Foundation/AACN Advisory Group. Read more.


2000s

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