Distinguished Alumni Award and Decade Award

 
Yale School of Nursing is pleased to recognize the achievements of our outstanding alumni with the Distinguished Alumni Award and Decade Award. Both awards are bestowed annually during our awards ceremony. The 2023 ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 23 during the YSN Centennial Celebration. 
 

The Awards

Yale School of Nursing’s Distinguished Alumni Award was created in 1973. Since then, over 100 alumni have been honored, with the earliest recipient having graduated in 1926. Recipients of the YSN Distinguished Alumni Award have demonstrated achievement or distinction in their career, in their contributions to their communities, or to the Yale School of Nursing.  
 
The Decade Award recognizes outstanding efforts and effective, value-driven outcomes achieved early in a graduate’s nursing career. To be considered for this award, nominees must have received a degree from Yale School of Nursing within the last ten years and still be engaged in pursuits that advance or align with the school’s mission of better health for all people. Nominees should show distinction in going above and beyond what might be expected early in one’s career, which may include demonstrating innovative and/or unprecedented approaches. This award recognizes a promising future in nursing excellence.   
 

Nomination Information

Nominations typically open in February. Alumni are notified through email and a nomination form is shared.  
 
Selections are made using a blind-review process by the Nominating Committee of the Alumni Board of Directors.  
 
Criteria for eligibility for nomination include excellence in one or more of the following areas: 
  • Nursing practice  
  • Education/Research 
  • Nursing science 
  • Advocacy and policy 
  • Leadership  
  • Innovation in developing solutions to improve health of populations  
  • Teaching/Scholarship 
  • Systems/Organizations  
  • Community/Society  
  • YSN growth and development

Recipients

2022

Shannon Fitzgerald ‘80 MSN
Beth Baldwin Tigges ‘84 MSN, PhD 

Nicole Seagriff ‘11 MSN, DNP - Decade Award Winner


2021

Wailua Brandman ‘94 MSN
Terri Clark ‘79
Stephanie Tillman ‘12 - Decade Award Winner


2020

Janet Parkosewich ‘85
Brenda Penner ‘76
Deborah Van Dyke ‘86


2019

Janet Constantino ‘89
Kris A. McLoughlin ‘88
Elisabeth “Brie” Thumm ‘01


2018

Rose Nanyonga Clarke ’15
Beth Esstman ’00
Barbara Shaw ’88
Wenn-Huey ‘Carol’ Shieh ’98
Barbara Wolfe ’87


2017

Ramón Lavandero ‘79
Luc R. Pelletier ‘82
Cynthia Perry ‘90


2016

Beth Cheney ‘89
Miriam Ford ‘88
Meredith Wallace-Kazer ‘93


2015

Adele Pike ’84



2014

Erin Loskutoff ‘09

Malia Davis ‘02

Carol Howe ‘74


2013

90 Yale Nurses


2012

Margaret Flinter ’80


2011

Danuta Bujak ‘81


2010

Ann Tietelman ’85


2009

Lois Sadler ’79


2008

Bernice Coleman ‘83


2007

Carolyn Jaramillo de Montoya ‘81


2006

Sharon Schindler Rising ‘67


2005

Judy Ahlheim Beal ‘75


2004

Stacey B. Young-McCaughan ‘89


2003

*Rhoda Sun ‘58


2002

Deborah Huntington Ward ‘77

Nancy Margaret Wineman ‘77

Deborah A. Chyun ‘82

Theresa M. Friend ‘91


2001

*Vera Venable Yordon ‘51

*Joy Livingston Dodson ‘51

Patricia T. Becker ‘56

*Joyce Cameron Foster ‘61

Maureen O’Keefe Doran ‘71


2000

*Myriam Castro de Castaneda ‘55

Marvel King Davis ‘70

*Kathleen Reilly Powderly ‘75

Sally Solomon Cohen ‘80


1999

*Arne Bulkeley Beltz ‘42

Cheryl Tatano Beck ‘72

Poolsook Posyasvin Sriyaporn ‘73

Linda Spoonster Schwartz ‘84


1998

*Victoria Sellens Conn ‘48

*Dorothea Halloran Edwards ‘48

*Armentia Tripp Jarrett ‘59

*Margaret M. McGrath ‘76

Nina Relin Adams ‘77

Cassy Deane Pollack ‘83


1997

Anne Hoff ‘77

Martha A. Q. Curley ‘87


1996

*Betty Due Sullivan ‘46W (Outstanding Service)

*Joan Elizabeth Mulligan ‘56

*Saundra Thomson Bialos ‘71

Heather Reynolds ’80


1995

Charlotte Cram Elsberry ‘65

Mary-Vesta Marston-Scott ‘51

*Fotine D. O’Connor ‘55


1994

Marjorie Funk ’84

Mary Lee Mantz ‘69

Deborah Welch-Boyle ‘79


1992

*Nelliana Best ‘40

*Mary Ellis ‘47 (Service to School)

Mary Kathryn Knobf ‘82

*Sylvia Drake Paige ‘47

*Charlotte Shedd ‘46


1991

*Phyllis Craig Graves ‘41

Margaret Jane Grey ’76

*Jean Beattie Milligan ‘46W

*Marie Machell Milliken ‘51

*Jane Stacy Mulaik ‘51


1990

*Sofia Pincheira de Ehrenberg ‘32

*Alice M. Forman ‘45

Shirley A. Girouard ‘77

Helena T. McDonough ‘75


1988

Elaine McEwan Carty ‘68

Sally Solomon Cohen ‘80 (Outstanding Alum)

*Mary Jane Kennedy ‘68

*Josephine Beljan Lutz ‘46W


1987

Ann Tomaino Ameling ‘67

*Mary Ellis ‘47

*Roxy Bogigian Leiserson ‘52

*Evanita Pangburn Morse ‘27

*Virginia Paulson ‘50

Carolyn Webster-Stratton ‘72


1986

Helen Chuan ‘52

Margaret Jane Cushman ‘76

*Justine Rizinsky Glassman ‘51

Priscilla Dillingham Kissick ‘56

Judith Shindul-Rothschild ‘78 (Outstanding Alum)


1985

*Virginia M. Brown ‘50

*Betty Ann Kosters Countryman ‘44

*Ann Miller ‘40

*Evelyn Hamil Shopp ‘47W

*Patricia Walsh ‘35


1984

*Priscilla Olson Anderson ‘47

*Grace Eckelberry ‘38

*Alice Johnson Gifford ‘38

Judith Belliveau Krauss ‘70

*Dorothy J. MacLennan ‘52


1983

*Donna Kaye Diers ‘64


1982

Madelon O’Rawe Amenta ‘57

*Doris Banchik ‘74

*Gellestrina DiMaggio ‘47

Eleanor Hoffman Grunberg ‘46

*Elizabeth Plummer ‘46W


1981

Ada Sue Cox Hinshaw ‘63

*Reva Rubin ‘46

*Elizabeth Sager Sharp ‘59

*Charlotte Corning Wright ‘41


1980

Helen Varney Burst ‘63

*Elouise Collier Duncan ‘46W

*E. Jean M. Hill ‘35

*Eileen Callahan Hodgman ‘68

*Jean E. Johnson ‘65


1979

*Doris Bloch ‘54

*Anne Tilghman Boyce ‘44

*Marion R. Fleck ‘46W

Ruth L. Burton Larson ‘72

*Margretta Madden Styles ‘54


1978

Angela McBride ‘64

*Helen Sullivan Miller ‘57

*Katherine Buckley Nuckolls ‘41

*Eleanor F. Voorhies ‘40


1977

*Eleanor Gill ‘38

*Charlotte Houde-Quimby ‘72

*Evelyn Sturmer ‘53

*Kathleen Thornton ‘36


1976

*Rhetaugh Dumas ‘61

*Martha P. Jayne ‘36

*Jean MacLean ‘33

*Florence Schorske Wald ‘41, ‘56


1975

*Lucy Houghton Conant ‘50

*Janet Sanborn Hine ‘47W

*Elizabeth Calhoun Logan ‘37

*Elizabeth Reichert Smith ‘45W

*Carolyn Ladd Widmer ‘29


1974

Ruth Landau Benedict ‘48

Elizabeth Anne Kilroy Dolan ‘69

*Esther Luttrull Hoffman ‘49

*Drusilla Poole ‘47


1973

*Elizabeth Smith Barrnett ‘48

*Margaret Mathews Field ‘44

*Helene Fitzgerald ‘26

*Anna Ryle ‘33

*Jeanne Michaels Radow ‘45

*Elizabeth Bixler Torrey ‘27


* Indicates Deceased