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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Valerie George, clinical instructor, passed away September 7, 2015

Elizabeth Clark, retired assistant professor of nursing, passed away August 9, 2015
Elizabeth Ann Clark, 87, of Brewster, a former assistant professor in the College of Nursing, died Aug. 9. She was an instructor in nursing from 1957-61 and served as an assistant professor, medical-surgical nursing, from 1964-76. 
Born in 1928, she was a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and earned masters degrees from Columbia Teachers College and Yale University School of Nursing. She also taught nursing at the University of Maine and the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, and was a head nurse at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Nancy Fisk, retired associate professor of nursing, passed away July 17, 2015
Nancy Mary Agnes Bartot Skelly Fisk passed away on July 17, 2015. Nancy made her career as a nurse and academic earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut at Storrs and her master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She spent most of her professional life as a professor of nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Earlier in her career, Nancy taught nursing at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Holyoke Community College. She also founded the first halfway house for recovering alcoholic women in Springfield.  Nancy enjoyed years of involvement in barbershop music in the Sweet Adelines organization as a member of choruses in Connecticut and Massachusetts as well as director of one which she founded, The Belles of Amherst.

Jean F. Rogers, distinguished alumna, passed away May 8, 2015
A recipient of numerous honors and awards, Jean Rogers began her career in 1947, when she earned her diploma from the Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing. Initially working as a R.N., she left work in 1950 to start a family. At age 44 and a mother of five children, Jean decided to return to school. Six years later, she received her B.S. with honors in biology from Smith College, the first part-time student to achieve these honors at the college. She went on to receive her certificate as a Nurse Practitioner in 1977 and her M.S. in 1978, both from the UMass Amherst School of Nursing. 
With the same energy, skill and determination, Jean took on a number of nursing educator and clinical positions. As a nurse practitioner at Northampton State Hospital from 1978 to 1992, she was responsible for the health and well-being of up to 100 psychiatric patients. During the same time, she also taught physical assessment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Nursing, Elms College and Baystate Medical Center. From 1994 to 2000, she was an Adjunct Clinical Instructor in the UMass Amherst School of Nursing Nurse Practitioner program. Throughout her career—— and into her retirement—— Jean has always found ways to utilize her nursing education and experience to serve the health needs of the community, both local and global. In the late 1980’s, she was an Emergency Medical Technician for several years. In 1997, at age 72, she traveled to Guatemala to work for a year at a health care clinic in a remote village. In 1999, 2000 and 2001, she went to work at a clinic in Honduras. Locally, she has volunteered at the free health care clinic at College Church in Northampton since 1992 and provided health care to the homeless in Springfield since 2000.

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.