Class Notes

Molly K. Marcum '78 was selected and recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the area of Health Care Law, and has received the AV Preeminent peer review rating by Martindale Hubbell - the highest peer review rating of legal ability and ethical standards. She has served on the Board of Directors of Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, the Lewis and Clark Law School alumni board, and the Oregon State Bar Health Law Section Executive Committee. Molly Marcum practices health care law and medical malpractice defense, with a primary focus on representing healthcare practitioners before licensing boards,malpractice defense and hospital liability, credentialing issues, and HIPAA compliance. Molly consults regularly on matters relating to HIPAA and other compliance issues and is experienced in assisting hospitals, clinics, and providers in response to complaints and government investigations relating to alleged violations.As a partner with Keating Jones Hughes, PC, her practice includes litigation,arbitration and mediation, and administrative proceedings before licensing boards.

John T. Mallos, M.Sc.N., R.N., '98 Deputy Director, Office of Global Health Affairs current position at the Health Resources and Services Administration. He is an Active Duty Nurse Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service. Previous assignments include: Office of Commissioned Corps Training and Career Development; Health Attaché to Brazil for the Department of Health and Human Services; Executive Assistant for Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael O. Leavitt; Senior Emergency Response Coordinator for the Office of Force Readiness and Deployment, Office of the Surgeon General; and Nurse Officer with the Indian Health Service on the Navajo Nation. Prior to Active Duty in the Public Health Service, CDR Mallos specialized in pediatric oncology at Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital. He received his Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing Science from the Oregon Health Science University (98) in Portland, Oregon and his Master’s of Science in Nursing as a Public Health Specialist at the Northern Arizona University (07) in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Kimberly Johnson, B.S. '12. I work full-time, night shift, on a ortho-nuero surgery unit. I am getting in shape, and relaxing with my husband and dog. I plan to visit family in Texas.

Elizabeth Lynne Welder Ross, B.S. '63, R.N. I am living in Tennessee. My daughter also lives here and my oldest has moved back to Washington with her family. I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our reunion in June.

Carol Littler, Class of 1973. My nursing career has spanned nearly 40 years, andI have seen a lot of changes in healthcare delivery. I remain employed full-time with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in the regulatory arena and I am the District Manager of a CDPH office in San Diego.Our office provides Federal and State oversight of hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, Home Health agencies, Hospices, ESRD clinics and ASC's in the San Diego area. I would like to thank the OHSU School of Nursing for the exceptional nursing education that I have received and have utilized during my long and varied professional career.

Steffnee J. Peterman, Class of 2010. When I was a student in the Accelerated BSN program, my name was Steffnee Anthony. I currently work at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier, CA. With their backing, I am trying to create a network of community organizations and volunteer nurses to promote community health in underserved areas.

Paula (formerly Hathaway) Coomer, Class of 1989. Many people who went to nursing school with me in La Grande from 1985-89 also knew me as a writer. I worked primarily as a public health nurse after graduation and mostly for the Indian Health Service as a commissioned officer for the U.S. Public Health Service. I resigned my commission in 1995 to attend graduate school and in 1999, received an MFA in Creative Writing.

Since then I mostly have been teaching writing and literature at Washington State University, although, of all things, I did take a break from 2006-08 and worked as a floor nurse on a med-surg unit. At the age of 50! My body has never been the same.

For the past decade I have also been a Visiting Scholar for the Idaho Commission on Libraries, travelling to rural libraries to discuss various literary works. I have been a writer-in-residence and from time to time am invited to read from my writing or present at writing workshops and conferences.

Unable to leave the nurse in me behind, however, I am still using my skills as a health programs reviewer for Head Start.

I have several books published now, but one that might most interest my nursing colleagues came out this past year and was a featured title at the 2011 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Fall Tradeshow.

The title is DOVE CREEK, and it is a fictional memoir about a woman looking back on her life of trying to survive a divorce with two young sons while working as a nurse on an Idaho Indian reservation.

Lorretta Krautscheid, Class of 2004. Loretta was awarded the American Association of Colleges of Nursing "Novice Faculty Excellence in Didactic Teaching Award".

Georgene Winniford, Class of 1945. I'm still living in an Independent apartment in the Mennonite Village in Albany, OR. I enjoy Bible classes and exercise classes – yoga and tai chi. There are plenty of opportunities to make friends here, as well as at church. I do some volunteering on campus.

Elizabeth Spangler Nolen, Class of 1950. Sorry to miss luncheon on 6/4/2010 but too close to my departure to Honolulu for my 65th reunion of my high school graduation from Punahou. Continue to be active in volunteer events, enjoying good health at 82 years!

Mary M. Hoss Williams, Class of 1950. Retired from BESS Kaiser Hospital 1980 after 20 years. Formerly worked at Doernbecher (5 years) in the old clinic top 2 floors, Multnomah County Hospital. Married to Bill (in August (60 years)), 2 children (boy and girl), 5 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren!

Mary Blunt, Class of 1954-55 I retired after 20 years at Salem Hospital. I have three children and five grandchildren. I have enjoyed traveling in Australia, Europe, New York (Carnegie Hall with Festival Chorale Oregon and just for fun singers). I have lived in Salem since 1967.

 Margaret Hardman, Class of 1955.  Enjoying life on the outer banks of North Carolina. Volunteer at the community care clinic of Dare – A free clinic for uninsured and underinsured. Also involved in Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic once a year, a free dental clinic sponsored by the NC dental clinic Assoc. – A two day clinic in the various cities in NC. Last year 80 dentists cared for 900 patients performing $400,000 worth of dental care

Dawn Moore Taylor, Class of 1955. Mom of 4; Grandma of 10 (1 deceased). Retired and enjoying these "old" years very much. Husband Keith graduated University of Oregon Medical School; alive, active and well.

Phyllis Weare, Class of 1955. I am still quite involved in family and church activities – gardening at home and at church plot, leading a Senior Ministry program, Climate Master, Master Recycler, Master Gardener – barely have time for home cooked meals.

Mary Ann Smith Robnett, Class Year: 1959. After living in Hawaii for 14 years we moved back to California in 2008. We now live in Leisure Village in Camarillo, north of Los Angeles. Our son and his family live near by and our daughter's 2 girls go to school in the area. I enjoy quilting, reading and taking classes at UC Channel Islands.

Joan Service Bettendorf, Class of 1960. Retired after 40 plus years of nursing; Public health, pediatric asthma and pharmaceutical Research. 6 grandchildren; married 50 years to husband Jerry; health is good; love golf, tennis, painting and travel.

Jacqueline Shirley, Class of 1960. Became a widow in 2005 after 43 years of marriage. Retired from nursing in 1996 and am now a hospice volunteer in Tillamook.

Martha McConnell Beezer, Class of 1965. Retired from nursing. Work full time as Secretary/bookkeeper at a non-denominational church founded by my pastor-husband 12 years ago. Hobbies: reading, swimming, snow-skiing and crocheting. I have 3 children and 9 grandchildren.

Kathleen Ann Davis, Class of 1965.  I retired from nursing in 1994, due to mercury and other heavy metal toxicities plus food and chemical sensitivities to the environment. It's wonderful to have energy again and enjoy a very healthy diet. Daughter and 4 children mainly Portland area. One grandson survived extended tour in Afghanistan. Son spent 5 years in Bethel, Alaska, as Pediatrician, and is in Pasco, WA now. He paid for my 3 trips to Alaska to spend time with his family. I have 6 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; 5th one due in September. I remarried my husband of 46 years, in 2007, but it didn't work out. We are still good friends.

Judy Kuskie, Class of 1965. I retired from 30 plus years at Sacred Heart Home Health 7/07. Enjoy being at home. Spend time gardening – with children and grandchildren. Two years ago my 89 year old mother moved in with me and is grand company. Life is good. Nursing granted personal, professional, financial goals.

Virginia Wood, Class of 1965.
My husband Richard C. Wood died 5/27/2009 at age 66 about 3 weeks after our second grandson was born. We were married 39 years. I hope to retire from my nurse consultant position with the state of Washington at the end of the year.

Karisa Thede, Class of 1985. I have worked at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital since graduation with 23 out of 25 years in the Emergency Department. In the Fall of 2008, I started working part-time in the ED at Salem Hospital and per diem in Lebanon. Next Fall all 3 of our children will be in college and once of them is a nursing student at Biola University.

Pamela Peterson, Class of 1995. I work in the Infusion Department at Kaiser Permanente – Interstate Campus. I live in North Portland.

Jenny Cook, Class of 2005. I now live in Grand Junction, Iowa, about 50 miles west of Moines. I am a public health nurse and go into client's homes to take care of them. Have been doing that for 4 years. I now have 3 kids, Hayden, Jarron and Miranda.

Carole Nishida Seymour, Class of 1965.  Although I retired as a PHN several years ago, I continue to work several days per month in the ICU / Infant case management and maternity support services clinic at Public Health--Seattle, King County.  My family includes 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren.  My husband John and I enjoy visiting our relatives in Colorado, Arizona and Hawaii, plus travelling to interesting and fun locations.  We participate in various activities including water exercise, ballroom dancing to stay healthy and enjoy life.  Greetings and best wishes to all my classmates!

Norma M. Simons, Class of 1960. Throughout my 45 years of nursing, I  learned just how great my nursing education was.  I was very fortunate to study at OHSU School of Nursing.  The education I received opened many doors of employment,for me in a variety of places, from practicing as a Stewardess-Nurse for the Northern Pacific Railway Company, where I traveled on the trains to and from Chicago to Seattle 3 times a month, to hopsitals, clinics,long-term care, and to teaching at OHSU.  

Darcey Michaels (Witherspoon),Class of 2001. I left Portland right after graduation and moved to Federal Way, WA, where I worked at St. Francis Hospital.  I worked on a med-surg floor for a few years, became a charge nurse, then worked in the Progressive Care Unit.  I then left St. Francis and started working at St. Joseph Medical Center, in Tacoma, WA.  I worked in their GI Lab as an endoscopy/procedure nurse for 2 years.  I then took my experience there to a private GI practice called Tacoma Digestive Disease Center.  I have been there 2 years now and will soon start working on my GI Certification.

George Burnstein, Class of 1983, moved to Sitka in 2007. After a brief time in the ICU/ED of the Indian Health Service Hospital (MT. Edgecumbe) took on the role of Flight Nurse. Spend my work days flying into remote villages and clinics over most of SE Alaska in a float plane or twin engine Piper Navajo. Spend the rest of my time fishing or chasing Humpback Whales with a hydrophone.

Pat Anderson Revell, Class of 1963 retired June 2006 after 20 years as a School Nurse with Richland, WA School District caring for the health impaired physically and mentally delayed students ages 3-21.  Previous 5 years with Clark County, NV schools as School Nurse, and prior to that 17 years as Post-op surgery Nurse in Las Vegas, Bremerton WA, New London CT, Bethesda MD, and Portsmouth VA. 
First three years post graduation were with US Navy in Virginia.  There I met my husband.
This has been a very rewarding career built upon an excellent foundation of education through U of O School of Nursing.  I think working summer weekends at the Multnomah County hospital with 11- 14 patients was the hardest and hottest work I have done!In Bethesda MD, I worked in one of the first open heart surgery post op units in the US.  This career has allowed me opportunities to participate in
professional standard setting organizations.

Lela Linn Eliason, Class of 1952, passed away last October after a long illness and several strokes.  She had many fond memories of her classmatesand kept in touch with several of them throughout her life.  She is survived by her husband, Chuck, two sons and one daughter, and four grandchildren.
Her daughter's favorite memory is that Lela and her friends each had a pieceof giftwrap that they used repeatedly to wrap their classmates' gifts; no need for cards, as everyone knew the giver by the wrapping paper. Lela worked as an OB/GYN nurse for most of her career and was beloved by
many patients who recognized her caring heart.