Class of 1953

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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Sylvia Farrell Alderson, BSN’53 , of Taneytown, Maryland, passed away November 14, 2017.

Ann Demonbreun Charltan, N’53, of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away May 4, 2018.

Phyllis Hayes Coker, BSN’53 , of Henryville, Indiana, passed away February 21, 2017.

Frances Upton Cooper, BSN’53, of Lexington, Kentucky, passed away February 20, 2020.

Frances McGaughy Edwards, BSN’53, MSN’76, was interviewed for the Me and My Friends podcast in September 2021, which was featured in Main Street Nashville that November.

Mary Butts Keil, BSN’53 , of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, passed away January 28, 2018.

Betty Biddy Maddox, BSN’53 , of Little Rock, Arkansas, passed away October 12, 2019.

Ernestine Nance Newman, BSN’53 , of Fayetteville, North Carolina, passed away February 24, 2020.

Emma Hutto Reiss, BSN’53 , of New Haven, Connecticut, passed away August 17, 2017.