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Development News



Anne R. Bavier, 73MN



A Call to Arms

Thank goodness for friends like Betty Daniels. Without her, our nursing students would have one less ally to battle the high cost of tuition. Because so many students are struggling financially, she has made a scholarship bequest to the School of Nursing.

Times have changed since Betty and her classmates started nursing school in 1948. “It was not expensive,” she recalls. “We only paid for the first six months, and then our tuition was paid because we worked in the hospitals.”

The nursing school obviously did something right. After graduating in 1951, Betty worked at Emory off and on throughout her nursing career and earned a master’s degree in 1967. For 15 years, she taught mental health to many a nursing student before retiring in 1995.

As a former student and faculty member, Betty is keenly aware of the challenges facing our profession. “The nursing population is aging, and we need to encourage as many people as we can to enter nursing,” she says. “I did well by my Emory education, and I’d like for other students to have the same opportunity.”

There’s an added bonus to an Emory education. Fifty years after graduating, Betty remains close to several of her 1951 classmates. Last fall, her class won the Spirit of Nursing Award and the Reunion Cup during Alumni Weekend. Both awards honor their participation in the Annual Fund, which supports nursing scholarships.

We hope that generous spirit will grow as we strive to reach our $100,000 Annual Fund goal this year. We can do it if our alumni each contribute $100 or more. That’s easy to do if you feel the same as Betty.

“I love Emory. I love nursing,” she says. “And I’ve made many wonderful friends.”


Anne R. Bavier, 73MN, FAAN
Assistant Dean for Development,
Alumni, and External Relations


Kathleen and Ralph Holland see their scholarship bequest to the School of Nursing as a way to honor the memory of their two daughters and show their appreciation for the role Emory has played in the wonderful life they have shared together.



Straight from the Heart
Couple’s bequest supports nursing scholarships

Ralph Holland, 47B, believes in getting things done. Now in his early 80s, the retired Air Force general and businessman is still making plans for the future. Holland and his wife, Kathleen, have made a $300,000 bequest to provide need-based scholarships for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. By creating this endowment for the Holland Scholars, the couple is providing much-needed scholarship support in honor of their daughters, Barbara and Jane. Both passed away at a young age.

“I graduated from Emory, which gave me a head start in life,” says Holland of their gift. “My wife and I wanted to do something in memory of our girls. We don’t have other children, and Emory has meant a lot of us.”

Prior to enrolling in business school at Emory, Holland attended West Georgia College and joined the US Army Air Corps, where he flew combat missions as a B-29 pilot during World War II. After graduating from Emory, he joined the business world but was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and remained with the Air Force for many years, serving at bases in and outside the United States. Holland flew several combat missions in the Korean and Vietnam wars and also was assigned to Vietnam as deputy commander of the Seventh Air Force and to Hawaii as deputy chief of staff for logistics of the Pacific Air Forces. He then was transferred to Georgia as commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, where he retired at the rank of major general in 1975.

Holland resumed his business career and eventually joined the Northrop Corporation, which took him and his wife to Saudi Arabia in 1977. While there, Holland became vice president and program manager for Project Peace Hawk, which provided 124 F-5 fighter jets to that country and employed more than 3,000 people. Later, as vice president for field support, Holland traveled to various countries that bought the F-5. Although he retired from Northrop in 1986, he continued as a consultant until 1998.

The Hollands’ lives still brim with activity in San Antonio. He has served on the board of the USAA Bank and the Dominion Country Club, and both take part in Air Force and community affairs. They also maintain strong ties to Emory. In addition to their bequest to the nursing school, they have included the Goizueta Business School in their will. This fall, the university will honor Holland with an Emory Medal, the highest honor for alumni.

Forever the general, Holland sums up the couple’s reason for supporting Emory with simple military precision. “We have had a great life together.”


Fima Lifshitz donated the painting “Field of Stars” to honor his wife, Jere, whom he describes as “a star and proud Emory graduate.” The painting hangs on the
first floor of the School of Nursing



A Galaxy of Color
Brazilian painting adorns nursing school

A colorful glimpse of the universe now hangs on the first floor of the School of Nursing. Fima Lifshitz, a pediatric endocrinologist, has donated “Field of Stars,” a painting by Brazilian artist Leonardo Celuque, in honor of his wife, Jere Ziffer Lifshitz, 76N.

“We were at the dedication of the new School of Nursing building last year, and Fima thought that such a beautiful building should be adorned by art,” says Jere, who lives in Miami. “We chose this from our collection since we think it fits the setting. The painting style is ‘scientific realism,’ and it very much appeals to us, especially the spectacularly vivid galaxy of colors.”

The couple has collected quite a bit of Brazilian art because of Fima’s work. “We often travel to Bahia, Brazil, where there is a pediatric metabolic research center named for Fima,” says Jere. The World Health Organization considers the unit as the top pediatric metabolic and clinical nutrition research program. It is part of the hospital and medical school at Federal University in Bahia. “We try to go there once or twice a year, particularly to study diarrhea and malnu-trition and their devastating effects on children in developing countries,” says Jere.

After graduating from nursing school, Jere began her own health career as a staff nurse on 5B South at Emory University Hospital. She subsequently held several positions there and was responsible for implementing interdepart-mental nursing (floating) when it was a new concept. After spending some time in pulmonary medicine and surgery, she helped start an interdisciplinary team to provide nutritional support, an area she describes as her first love.

After leaving Emory in 1982, Jere entered the fledgling field of home infusion therapy and managed a company in that field for many years in New York. She also completed a master’s degree in health care policy and management at New York University. Afterward, she started her own consulting company, known today as Prime Health, Inc.

“Currently, I specialize in medical education and marketing. I do a lot of content development for health care websites and ghostwrite for medical journals,” she explains.

Although she left Emory 20 years ago, Jere still feels connected to the school that launched her health and business career. “I’ve always been very fond of Emory,” she says. “I’m glad Fima and I could make a contribution.”c




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