We mourn the loss of these FPB School of Nursing alumni and
friends and extend heartfelt condolences to their loved ones.
Lucille Katherine Geib, DN ’35,
died on July 6, 2008. She was born in
Akron, Ohio, and raised in Canton,
Ohio. She joined the Army Nurse Corps
in 1942, traveling to Australia, New
Guinea and the Philippines. In 1946,
she was discharged from the Army with
the rank of captain, and she moved to
Austin, Texas, in 1949. While working at
Brackenridge Hospital, she met
Dr. Lang Holland and became his
assistant, a position she held for 35 years.
Charlotte (Arganbright) McArthur,
MN ’40, died on February 22, 2008.
Anna Ruth (Worthington) Culler,
CPHN ’42, died on February 26, 2008,
at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington,
Kentucky. She was a nurse at the Fayette
County Board of Health in Fayetteville,
West Virginia. During World War II,
she served as a nurse in the U.S. Army,
attaining the rank of 1st lieutenant.
Ida (Gantner) Fischer, MN ’42, died on
April 10, 2008.
Jacqueline (Edwards) Hickok, MN ’48,
died in February, 2008.
Juanita E. Mathews, DN ’48, died on
December 29, 2007.
Patricia C. (Skemp) Randol, MN ’48,
died on March 26, 2008.
Elizabeth A. Bymers Regan, BSN ’49,
died on April 26, 2008. She served as
professor and associate dean for The
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
College of Nursing for 23 years. She
also served as president of the Wisconsin
Nurses Association and on numerous
governmental task forces. She established
The Elizabeth A. Regan Scholarship
Endowment at UW-Oshkosh to ensure
that students in need of funding can
pursue a career in nursing.
Kathryn (James) Darby, DN ’50, died
on March 26, 2008, in New Concord,
Susan Marguerite (Powers) Rowell, MN
’42, died on May 20, 2008.
Cecile E. Heidler, BSN ’51, died in
August 2008 at the age of 98. She was
the former head of the Visiting Nurses
Association in Cleveland.
Carolyn (Weir) Walker, MN ’43, died
on April 26, 2008, at the age of 90.
Jane (Wattleworth) Arnold, BSN ’56,
died on March 13, 2008.
Clara (Gross) Wait, MN ’44, died on
February 14, 2008, in Hillsboro, Ohio.
V. Jacelyn (Brown) Dininny, BSN
’56, died on April 13, 2008, in Albion,
Ruth E. (Tribby) Ginter, DN ’48,
died on June 25, 2008, after a long
battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was
an accomplished and award-winning
equestrian, competing in regional and
national tournaments on her horse, Prince
Leo Lauro.
Beverly (Durr) Summers, BSN ’58,
died on April 5, 2008, after a long
battle with cancer. She worked as an
RN in the psychiatric unit at University
Hospitals Health System Laurelwood
Hospital & Counseling Centers. She
was also a nursing instructor at Lakeland
Community College. Upon retirement,
“Grandma Summers” (as she came to
be known by hundreds of children)
volunteered as a first grade reading tutor.
Margaret (Brooks) Seeno, MSN ’76,
died on April 5, 2008. After earning
a PhD in psychiatric nursing from
the University of Pittsburgh School of
Nursing, she worked in several Clevelandarea hospitals, including the Veterans
Affairs Medical Center in Brecksville,
Ohio. She was also a professor at the
University of Akron School of Nursing.
Cheryl P. (Diab)
McCahon, MSN ’80,
died on August 3, 2008,
after a lengthy battle
with cancer. She was
a nurse and educator
for more than 45 years,
specializing in gerontological nursing.
Having recently retired as interim chair
of the Cleveland State University School
of Nursing, she was honored with the
Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2008
NEONI Legacy of Nursing Gala. She was
selected by her peers for her dedication to
advancing nursing education and research
and to raising awareness about faculty
Rhae Jean (Andrews) Daly, mother of
FPB Associate Professor Barbara Daly,
MSN ’72 , died on July 2, 2008, at the
age of 86.
Friends of FPB
John Deaver Drinko, longtime CWRU
benefactor, died on January 30, 2008,
at the age of 86. Coming from a
humble background, he understood the
importance of hard work and education.
As a child during the Great Depression,
he was a door-to-door salesman and
supplemented his education by self-
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Carolyn Terese (Fairhurst) Nieman, MSN ’04, APRN-BC,
CFRN, beloved wife and mother of two, died on May 2, 2008, at
the age of 42. Mrs. Nieman was an acute care nurse practitioner,
flight nurse specialist, FPB lecturer, and director of the Flight
Nursing Summer Camp. For 10 years, she worked as a staff nurse
in neonatal, pediatric and emergency care at various institutions
including Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and Cleveland
Clinic. Additionally, Mrs. Nieman managed the mobile ICU
system that served Greater Cleveland and was responsible for
its reputation for competent clinical care. Then in 1993, Mrs.
Nieman began working as an advanced practice nurse for the
Cleveland Clinic’s Critical Care Transport. In 1998, she dedicated
herself as a flight nurse specialist to MetroLife Flight.
Mrs. Nieman’s passion for critical care nursing was a driving force
behind the establishment of the National Flight Nurse Academy
at FPB in 2002. While attending FPB for her master’s degree,
Mrs. Nieman played an essential role in the development of this
academy, which partners with Cleveland Clinic’s Critical Care
Transport and MetroLife Flight. Describing the program in 2007,
Mrs. Nieman said, “The focus of this intense training is to bring
critical care from the bedside to the roadside. It is absolutely
imperative that nurses be able to provide care in unstructured
environments in response to any and all emergencies and
natural or technological disasters. In a sense, what we’re doing
is preparing emergency response teams and the public for the
realities of life in the 21st century.”
In 2005, Mrs. Nieman was honored
with The Barbara A. Hess Award
from the Association of Air Medical
Services. The award recognizes
individuals who make significant
contributions to the enhancement,
development and promotion of
emergency medicine through research
and education. Mrs. Nieman’s papers,
“Out of Hospital Intubation of
Pediatric Patients” and “Intubated
Pediatric Patients Requiring Air Transport,” were published in the
Journal of the American Medical Association and the Air Medicine
Journal, respectively.
Above everything else, Mrs. Nieman was a passionate and
dedicated nurse. Dean May Wykle remembers that Mrs. Nieman
was grateful for the opportunity to be a nurse, and she was
always striving to improve herself and to help others around her.
FPB colleague John Clochesy, PhD ’93, RN, FAAN, FCCM,
Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing Education,
director of Student Services and the Learning Resource Center,
honored her memory by saying, “Carolyn was proud to be an
alumna of FPB and was very involved in the education of future
alums.” He added that “Carolyn was a tremendous clinician who
cared about the students. She would see what needed to be done,
organize it, and make it happen.” For example, Mrs. Nieman was
part of a team that devised a way to improve on the Broselow
Tape method, which is traditionally used in emergency medical
situations involving children requiring resuscitation.
Friends and loved ones have said that they are better individuals
for having known her, and they will remember her for sense
of humor, laughter, joy of life and caring nature. “Carolyn is a
tremendous person and cannot be replaced,” said Chris Manacci,
MSN ’03, ACNP, CFRN, director of the Flight Nursing
subspecialty program at FPB and an acute care nurse practitioner
in the Emergency Services and Critical Care Department at
Cleveland Clinic. “I as well of the rest of the nursing world will
miss her deeply.” She will never be forgotten, especially by the
patients whose lives she touched, and her friends and family who
loved her dearly. This is the legacy she leaves: devotion to family
and service to others.
Mrs. Nieman is survived by her husband, Kevin, her son and
daughter, Kyle and Courtney, her mother, Barbara, and her sisters
and brothers-in-law, Christina and Scott and Jeaninne and Brian.
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teaching at home. He went on to attend
Marshall University and The Ohio State
University Michael E. Moritz College of
Law. As a lawyer, he helped the Cleveland
law firm Baker Hostetler become one of
the largest in the nation. Throughout his
lifetime, he donated millions of dollars
to various institutions, particularly
institutions of higher education. He
endowed fifteen faculty chairs, including
several at the Case Western Reserve
University School of Law and FPB.
Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs
Jones, long-time friend of the Frances
Payne Bolton School of Nursing and
a strong supporter of nurses, died on
August 20, 2008. She was the first female
and first African American to serve as
prosecutor in Cuyahoga County, the first
African American woman to serve as a
judge for the Cuyahoga County Court
of Common Pleas, and the first African
American woman elected to the U.S.
House of Representatives from Ohio. She
was a graduate of both the Flora Stone
Mather College and the Case Western
Reserve University School of Law.
Elizabeth Ann Goodwin, BSN ’62, died on February 15, 2008,
at the age of 68. Betty, as she was fondly known by many, was
destined to be a nurse. Growing up, she enjoyed taking care of
children, family pets and even stray animals, and she worked as a
candy striper and a babysitter. She attended Flora Stone Mather
College before obtaining her BSN from FPB. After graduation,
she pursued her interest in pediatrics, working at Rainbow Babies
and Children’s Hospital. After a few years, she received an esteemed fellowship for
work on birth defects at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Three years
later, Miss Goodwin moved back to Cleveland to work for the local school system,
then for MetroHealth Hospital, before returning to Rainbow Babies and Children’s
Even after she was diagnosed with lupus, Miss Goodwin continued her passion of
caring for others. In 1980, she received news that her father was ill, and she decided
to give up hospital nursing and return home to Columbus, Ohio, to become his
caretaker. In addition to caring for her father, Miss Goodwin gave back to her
childhood community through volunteer work at the Columbus Zoo, volunteer
tutoring for disadvantaged children, and as a member of the Columbus Lupus
Miss Goodwin always believed that education was essential, especially in her field.
She established The Elizabeth A. Goodwin Endowment Fund at FPB to assist
families who cannot afford the costs of higher education. Miss Goodwin was a very
giving individual, and she said of her endowment fund: “As a scholarship recipient
myself, it enables me to give back.” Miss Goodwin will be remembered through this
permanent fund and as a talented nurse who embodied the spirit of the profession.
Rachel Louise McDonald, sister of FPB
assistant professor Patricia McDonald,
PhD ’95, died July 6, 2008, at the age of
58. She was a special education teacher in
the Zanesville City Schools for 13 years
before her medical retirement. She served
as secretary for the Ohio District Council
Young People’s Union.
Mary Elizabeth (McGee) Pestak,
mother of FPB Clinical Instructor
Laurine Gajkowski, ND ’82, died on
May 24, 2008. A lifelong resident of the
Greater Cleveland area, she died at the
age of 90, after a long and beautiful life.
This memorial section lists deceased
alumni and friends of the Francis Payne
Bolton School of Nursing for whom we
received death notices between
February 1 and August 31, 2008.
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