Frances J. Storlie was a Charter Member of the American Academy of Nursing. She passed away in her sleep on June 11, at the age of 89. Frances' contributions to the practice of nursing were substantial and inspirational.
A graduate of Clark College’s first nursing class in 1962, Frances then earned a BSN from the U of O, a Master’s Degree in Nursing Ed. from OHSU in 1967, and a PhD in Urban Studies from PSU in 1976. A prolific writer, Dr. Storlie wrote 4 nursing text books and 124 professional journal articles. In 1973, Frances was selected as a Charter Member of the American Academy of Nursing, representing Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. She also served as the nurse editor for the Heart and Lung Journal during its inaugural year of 1976.
Dr. Storlie served as faculty for the graduate schools of Arizona State Univ. and the Univ. of Nevada, helped organize adult nurse practitioner programs, and taught 75 courses in electrocardiography. In 1978, she received an award from the American Assoc. of Critical Care Nurses. That same year, the Clark College Alumni Association honored her with the Outstanding Alumni Award in recognition of her exceptional service to Clark College, exemplary service to the community, and personal and professional achievements. She became one of the first licensed/accredited Nurse Practitioners in Oregon (1981) and spent the last years of practice as a clinical director and nurse practitioner in Vancouver, WA.
In 1986, after learning fluent Spanish, Frances embarked on over 40 medical missions to Mexico, Central and S. America including the So. Pole! She also spent several weeks on the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina volunteering for the American Red Cross, providing first aid for volunteers, and serving food in the soup kitchen.
Dr. Storlie “retired” in 1998, but remained an activist for patient rights. In later years, her “pride and joy” was helping to establish a free healthcare clinic in Biloxi, Mississippi—a project she continued to support for the remainder of her life. For Frances, her family, faith, and medical practice were her life. She loved to sing, play harmonica, give others gifts, and support her favorite charities. Placing little value on material possessions, she possessed a depth of knowledge and compassion rarely equaled. A mother who loved her children every day of their lives, who sang to them when they were sick, she taught them to strive to live an authentic, ethical life of purpose, meaning, and service.