PR 1.15.10 Academy mourns the passing of two Living Legends Print Email
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January 15, 2010


Academy Mourns the Passing of Two Living Legends 

Washington, DC (January 5, 2010) - The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) remembers two recently deceased Living Legends, Phyllis Ethridge and Myrtle K. Aydelotte, commemorating lives that were marked by professional accomplishments in academics, innovation and policy and epitomized nursing leadership.

Ethridge, a Living Legend since 2007, passed away on December 23 at the age of 75, and Aydelotte, who was a member of AAN’s inaugural class of Living Legends in 1994, passed away on January 7 at the age of 92.

“Phyllis and Myrtle will be remembered as distinguished individuals who have influenced many in the profession, and we extend our condolences to their families,” AAN President Catherine Gilliss said. “They are reminders of nursing’s proud and prestigious history.”

Aydelotte became an AAN Fellow in 1976 and served as the American Nurses Association’s Executive Director from 1977-1981. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1939 and received her PhD from UM in 1955. She was widely published and handled numerous leadership positions admirably, serving as the first Dean at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. A prominent academic innovator, Aydelotte planned the first four-year nursing curriculum at Iowa, a catalyst to a future Bachelors of Science in Nursing, and developed an undergraduate program in psychiatric nursing and a Master’s program in nursing service administration.

Ethridge hailed from Boston, Ma., but spent most of her life in Arizona, enrolling in Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing when she was 17. She stayed at Carondelet for 41 years and eventually became the Chief Nursing Officer at St. Mary’s in 1970. She received a Master’s degree from the University of Arizona School of Nursing and honorary Doctorate from Arizona for her development of a professional practice model that provided nurse-managed care within and outside hospitals, including a nursing Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) for seniors and a federally funded Community Nursing Organization.

Click here to view Myrtle Aydelotte’s obituary.
Click here to view Phyllis Ethridge’s obituary.

The American Academy of Nursing ( anticipates and tracks national and international trends in health care, while addressing resulting issues of health care knowledge and policy. The Academy’s mission is to serve the public and nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge.


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