Class of 1947

Every VUSN graduate has exciting things happening in her or his life, both professionally and personally.  Class Notes – printed twice a year in the Vanderbilt Nurse Magazine and available online on this page – is an opportunity for you to not only learn what other alumni are doing but also share news about your life.  We would love to hear what you've been up to! Please contact us with any updates, or call 615-322-4836. 

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LaNelle Blackston Baxter, BSN’47 , of Augusta, Georgia, passed away May 19, 2019.

Anna Ragsdale Gentile, BSN’47 , of Napa, California, passed away April 19, 2019.

Virginia Maxwell George, BSN’47, MA’72 , VUSN professor emerita, of Nashville, passed away July 26, 2018.

Martha Crews McBurney, BSN’47 , of Alexandria, Louisiana, passed away November 20, 2021.

Verne Feeback Nesbitt, BSN’47 , of Syracuse, New York, passed away August 21, 2016. 

Josephine West Shultz, BSN’47 , of Tesuque, New Mexico, passed away July 29, 2021. She was 100.

Ada Trice Smith, BSN’47 , of Nashville, passed away February 24, 2021.

Ruth Phillips Sullivan, BSN’47 , of Stone Mountain, Georgia, passed away in June 2019.

Elsie McGill Tinkler, BSN’47 , of Greenwood, South Carolina, passed away April 29, 2021.