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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Mary Gilmore Helming, professor emerita of nursing, passed away July 24, 2014.

She graduated from the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1940 and became a registered nurse. She was also a graduate of Simmons College School of Nursing and received an M.S. from the School of Nursing at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. During World War II, she was an instructor of nursing at Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing, where she taught among others, members of the Cadet Nurse Corps. Later, she was an assistant professor of nursing at Boston College.

In 1953, when the campus established its nursing program, Helming was among the first faculty recruited by the founding dean Mary A. Maher. During her tenure, she was the administrator of the program as well as an expert in medical-surgical nursing. “She was a remarkable nurse educator who made significant contributions to the profession of nursing in the environs of Springfield, through her work at Baystate Medical Center and throughout the Commonwealth as a leader in professional organizations,” said professor emeritus Ann Sheridan.

Alice Howell Friedman, professor emerita of nursing, passed away January 14, 2014.

She earned her nursing diploma at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Following nursing school, she moved to New York City and received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia Teachers College. She moved back to Boston and became a visiting nurse serving low-income areas in the city. In 1967, her husband Harvey accepted a faculty appointment in labor studies at UMass Amherst and she took a position teaching public health nursing. She retired from the faculty in 1984 and worked as a staff assistant in Community Relations and Special Events in 1986-87. 

Eileen Hayes, professor of nursing and alumna, passed away January 29, 2010. 

She was a graduate of the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital School of Nursing and earned her B.S.N. at Worcester State College. An alumna of the UMass Amherst School of Nursing, she completed her M.S.N. in 1988 and her Ph.D. in 1997. Before joining the faculty in 1996, she was a nurse practitioner at University Health Services for 20 years. In 2009, she received the UMass Amherst Distinguished Teaching Award and the School of Nursing’s Outstanding Teacher Award. She was instrumental in the development and ongoing management of the School of Nursing’s nurse practitioner program, and was recognized by the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners as Distinguished NP of the Year in 2002. She was the author of many professional journal articles on mentoring in nursing education.

Memorial Gifts

The UMass Amherst College of Nursing extends our deepest sympathies to family and friends of those who have passed away. Giving a gift to honor the life of a loved one also supports the future of nursing and nursing education. To make a gift in their name, please contact Elaine Fuqua at 413-545-5090 or click here.