Living Legends

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The Academy recognizes a small group of fellows as Living Legends in honor of their extraordinary contributions to the nursing profession, sustained over the course of their careers.The following nurses are honored as Living Legends in recognition of the multiple contributions these individuals have made to our profession and our society and in recognition of the continuing impact of these contributions on the provision of health services in the United States and throughout the world. 
Learn about the Living Legend Selection Process

2017 Living Legend Honorees:

 

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Linda R. Cronenwett
PhD, RN, FAAN

Elaine L. Larson
PhD, RN, CIC, FAAN

Carolyn A. Williams
 PhD, RN, FAAN

Nancy Fugate Woods
PhD, RN, FAAN

Connie Henke Yarbro
MS, RN, FAAN

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Previous Living Legend Honorees:

2016 LIVING LEGENDS
Linda Burnes Bolton 
Ann Wolbert Burgess
Colleen Conway-Welch
Joyce J. Fitzpatrick
Martha H. Hill

2015 LIVING LEGENDS
Diane M. Billings
Marylin J. Dodd
Fannie Jean Gaston-Johansson
Marie E. Manthey
Afaf I. Meleis

2014 LIVING LEGENDS
Kathleen Dracup
Barbara A. Durand
Bernardine Lacey
Colleen Goode

2013 LIVING LEGENDS
Clara Adams-Ender
Hattie Bessent
Margaret Miles
Jean Watson

2012 LIVING LEGENDS
Anne J. Davis
Mi Ja Kim
Nola J. Pender
Muriel A. Poulin

2011 LIVING LEGENDS
Patricia Benner
Suzanne Feetham
Ada Sue Hinshaw
Meridean L. Maas
May L. Wykle

2010 LIVING LEGENDS
Billye J. Brown
Donna K. Diers*
Norma M. Lang
Barbara L. Nichols
Betty Smith Williams

2009 LIVING LEGENDS
Barbara M. Brodie
Leah Curtin
Marjory Gordon*
Ruby Leila Wilson

2008 LIVING LEGENDS
Gene Cranston Anderson
Helen Grace
Margaret A. Newman
Robert Piemonte
Phyllis Stern

2007 LIVING LEGENDS
Marie J. Cowan*
Phyllis G. Ethridge*
Carrie B. Lenburg
Margaret L. McClure
Sister Callista Roy
Gloria R. Smith*

2006 LIVING LEGENDS
Kathryn E. Barnard*
Sister Rosemary Donley
Marlene Kramer
Angela B. McBride
Ellen B. Rudy

2005 LIVING LEGENDS
Joyce C. Clifford*
Jean E. Johnson
Imogene M. King*
Joan E. Lynaugh

2004 LIVING LEGENDS

Florence S. Downs*
Juanita W. Fleming
Edith Patton Lewis*
Sally Ann Sample
Shirley A. Smoyak

2003 LIVING LEGENDS
Signe S. Cooper*
Ira P. Gunn*
Ramona T. Mercer

2002 LIVING LEGENDS
Lillian Sholtis Brunner*
Rhetaugh Graves Dumas*
Virginia K. Saba
Gladys E. Sorensen


2001 LIVING LEGENDS
Susan Gortner*
Mary Starke Harper*
Lucie Kelly
Ruth Lubic
Florence Wald*

2000 LIVING LEGENDS
Geraldene Felton
Jeanne Benoliel*
Shirley Chater
Thelma Schorr

1999 LIVING LEGENDS
Grayce Sills*
Margretta Madden Styles*
Loretta Ford
Connie Holleran

1998 LIVING LEGENDS
Vernice Ferguson*
Claire Fagin
Madeline Leininger*

1997 LIVING LEGENDS
Mabel Wandelt*
Mary Kelly Mullane*
Jo Eleanor Elliott*
Doris Schwartz*
Mary Woody*
Anne Zimmerman*

1996 LIVING LEGENDS
Clifford Jordan*
Mary V. Neal*
Dorothy M. Smith*

1995 LIVING LEGENDS
Luther Christman*
Rheba de Tornyay*
Virginia Ohlson*
Rozella Scholtfeldt*

1994 LIVING LEGENDS
Faye Abdellah*
Myrtle Aydelotte*
Mary Elizabeth Carnegie*
Ildaura Murrillo-Rohde*
Hildegard Peplau*
Jessie Scott*
Harriet Werley*

*Deceased

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