Gratitude Triggers Alumni Generosity

Well over 60 OHSU endowments have been named after faculty members and those philanthropic efforts are often founded and supported by grateful alumni. A Classroom Demo at School of Nursing 1963recent School of Nursing endowment, initiated by Jane McEldowney, B.S.N. ’63 and Penney Hoodenpyle, B.S.N. ’63, honored one of the most impactful administrators and teachers of the School of Nursing’s illustrious history, Guhli Olson. Guhli Olson was the original globe-trotter whose philosophy about the world - “the people of the world are my family” - was ingrained into her spirit, as well as into her teachings. Her life’s magnum opus was to develop and look after the nursing students of Oregon. As she so eloquently stated, “Not what we know but what we do is our salvation.”

The two classmates partnered with the OHSU Foundation and have raised more than 115 gifts from alumni to establish an endowed scholarship fund in the late administrator’s honor. In November the group reached their fundraising goal which was set for the end of 2013– that of their 50th class reunion.

Thank you to the many alumni, faculty, staff and friends for the many ways in which you support the School of Nursing and inspire the next generation of nurses. If you would like to make a gift please visit


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