Class of 1979

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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Ed Blackman, MSN’79, retired in August 1996 from the U.S. Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Murfreesboro.  

Betsy Brach, BSN’79, MSN’81, has an experiential psychotherapy practice for individuals, couples and groups in Bethesda, Maryland (2020). 

Susan Roberts Cooper, BSN’79, MSN’94, was featured in the June 2016 issue of Memphis Medical News.   

Beth Colvin Huff, BSN’74, MSN’79, received the 2016 American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology Distinguished Service Award.  

Nancy Greer Lagrew, BSN’79, of Irvine, California, passed away in February 2015.  

Marie Phillips, BSN’79, was a finalist for The Tennessean’s Salute to Nurses awards in 2015, for her work at VUSN’s school-based health clinic at Park Avenue Elementary School in Nashville.  

Randy Rasch, MSN’79, was appointed by Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer to lead a state-wide effort to reduce health disparities for people of color, and was elected board member-at-large of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, both in February 2020. He was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in October, and was interviewed for “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and the NP Role,” an episode of NP Pulse: The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner , a podcast hosted by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Randy was highlighted in a June 2018 USA Today supplement featuring men in nursing, and received the VUSN Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Alumni Award during Reunion that October. He was named dean of the Michigan State University College of Nursing in 2015.   

Jim Rhudy, BSN’79, is an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Tennessee-Health Science Center College of Medicine in Memphis (2020). 

Carol Masters Stoltz, MSN’79, EMBA’89 , of Nashville, passed away January 28, 2018.  

Margaret McAvoy Trimpey, MSN’79 , of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, passed away December 10, 2016.