Class of 1971

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. 

The most recent listings appear first. More info may be available at www.vuconnect.com and in the Class Notes sections of Vanderbilt Nurse Magazine at https://www.vanderbilt.edu/vanderbiltnurse


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.

Ginna Trotter Betts, MSN’71, was photographed for the June 2018 issue of Vanderbilt Magazine for an article about the university’s ’Dores of Distinction program. 

Carolyn Keith Burr, BSN’71 , of Pompton Plains, New Jersey, passed away October 30, 2020. She was featured in Rutgers Today in February 2015, for her determination to help pregnant women infected with human immunodeficiency virus avoid sharing the illness with their newborns.  

Gloria Weber Calhoun, MSN’71, retired from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, her private practice and VUSN, where she was at one time the director of the nursing administration graduate program (2019). 

Jill Fishback Chambers, BSN’71 , of Nashville, passed away January 17, 2019.

Sara Hutchison Hampshire, BSN’71, MSN’75 , of Nashville, passed away May 2, 2020.

Susan Loeser Howington, BSN’71, retired from Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, after more than 41 years as in the intensive care unit and then as a postanesthesia care nurse (2015).  

Karen Schumacher, BSN’71, co-authored “Initial Psychometric Testing of the Head and Neck Cancer Patient Self-management Inventory (HNC-PSMI),” published in the European Journal of Oncology Nursing in August 2020.