Class of 1969

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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Carolyn Bess, BSN’69, MSN’71 , of Hendersonville, Tennessee, passed away November 20, 2019. She retired from VUSN in 2014 and was named associate professor emerita.

Laura Gerow Bramlette, BSN’69 , of Houston, passed away November 25, 2017.

Sandy Jones Campbell, BSN’69, retired and lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida (2019).

Charlotte Mathias Covington, BSN’69, MSN’89, is associate professor emerita at VUSN and a member of the Alumni Board (2019).

Barbara Callander Davis, BSN’69 , of Amarillo, Texas, passed away on March 11, 2020.

Dorothy Hinsch Gaskin, MSN’69 , of West Columbia, South Carolina, passed away June 2, 2021.

Pat Hickman, BSN’69, is acting operations manager of ITNMemphis, a nonprofit in Tennessee that provides rides to seniors and people who are visually impaired (2016). 

Ann Keidel, BSN’69 , of West Newton, Massachusetts, passed away July 4, 2016. 

Judy Jackson Lea, BSN’69, was the focus of an April 2018 story in The Wilson Post (Tennessee) about her life and family.

Ellen Martin, BSN’69, received the Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Award from the American College of Nurse Midwives in May 2019.

Susan Applegarth Murphy, BSN’69, is a keynote speaker, author and business consultant living in Rancho Mirage, California (2017). 

Carol Kersting Spalding, BSN’69 , of Sarasota, Florida, passed away January 29, 2017.