Nursing Bestows 2004 Alumni Awards

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ATLANTA – As part of its recent annual alumni day, Mercer University’s Georgia Baptist College of Nursing announced the recipients of its 2004 alumni awards. The College recognized distinguished alumni who have contributed in the areas of clinical nursing practice, community health service, mentoring, leadership in health policy/ethics/law, entrepreneurialism, nursing education and nursing research.

The Edna Earle Teale Award, which recognizes an alumna’s service to God and humanity through nursing, was presented to 1973 graduate Lorna Hosea Martin of Woodstock, Ga. In addition to serving as vice president of nursing services and chief nursing officer at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Martin also works with Appalachia Service Project (a home repair and rebuild ministry), is a Stephen Minister, and leads and sponsors Walk to Emmaus for her church.

Marilyn Lamborn, a 1967 graduate and resident of Pensacola, Fla., received the Distinguished Alumna Award. This award is presented annually to recognize a graduate for outstanding achievement and distinction in nursing practice, humanitarian contributions and support of Georgia Baptist College of Nursing. Lamborn is director and associate professor of nursing at the University of West Florida. Under her leadership, a bachelor of science in nursing program was implemented and awarded accreditation.

In addition to these two prestigious awards, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing also presented 13 Hall of Honor awards. These included recognitions in the following categories:

Clinical Nursing Practice

Jeanette Wimbish Gaston, ’81, Atlanta, Ga.

Patricia Rogers Stowe, ’61, Cordele, Ga.

Community Health Service

Kim Timmerman Baird, ’77, Woodbine, Ga.


Judy Waldrop Wilson, ’76 (posthumously), Douglasville, Ga.

Virginia “Ginger” Bates Moore, ’57, Marietta, Ga.

Excellence in Mentoring

Patricia “Patty” Bridges Dash, ’68, Atlanta, Ga.

Tom W. Gunby, Marietta, Ga.

Sarah Helen Killgore, Decatur, Ga.

Health Care Administration

Carol Tull Bowdoin, ’72, Fairmont, Ga.

Leadership in Health Policy/Ethics/Law

Delynn “Dee” Heberlein Keeton, ’82, Atlanta, Ga.

Mary Jane Newsom Morgan, ’54, Decatur, Ga.

Nursing Education

Janice Gunter Harris, ’68, Fortson, Ga.

Nursing Research

Carol Turner Bush, ’61, Atlanta, Ga.

About Georgia Baptist College of Nursing:

The founding of Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer University in 1902 was born out of a vision to establish a Baptist institution for the training of “Christian nurses” to “heal the needy sick.” More than 100 years later, some 6,000 men and women have graduated from the College of Nursing, now part of one of the largest Baptist universities in the world since its 2001 merger with Mercer. The College requires students to undergo a unique three-year clinical sequence and offers clinical experiences in more than 40 of the Atlanta area’s most recognized healthcare agencies.

Digital photographs are available upon request.