Dr. Virginia Stone A pioneer in gerontological nursing


Virginia Stone


Dr. Virginia Stone, ac, died

December 4, 1993 in Durham. She developed the first masters

program offering a specialty in gerontological nursing at Duke

University School of Nursing. She developed the first standards of

practice in gerontological nursing for the American Nurses Asso-

ciation and successfully achieved recognition of geriatric nursing

as a specialty within the association. Dr. Stone was given the ANA

Honorary Award for Leadership in Gerontological Nursing in 1 974

and was named the Gerontological Nurse of the Year in 1980.


She participated in the White House Conference on Aging in

1971 and 1981. At the time of her death, she was a member of the

Senior Tar Heel Legislature and served on the Triangle J Council

of Government's Aging Advisory Committee.


Dr. Stone was not only an intellectual, she was a person with an

abundance of caring for people, especially her students and the

elderly. All students were special to her and she continued contact

with each after their graduation. Her eyes would sparkle and her

speaking would gain animation as she spoke of issues emanating

from the needs of senior citizens. Her wit was often interjected into

her presentations, and her smile would communicate how much she

enjoyed her work with the aging. She was a person of warmth and

interests beyond gerontological nursing — golf, gourmet cooking.

Duke basketball, bridge, international travel and reading.


Contributions can be made to the Dr. Virginia Stone Trust.

American Nurses Foundation, 600 Maryland Avenue. SW. Suite

100 West, Washington DC, 20024-2571


—contributed by Dr. Ruby Wilson, District 11

(appeared first in Senior Outlook, 1994) 

In the Tar Heel Nurse January/February 1994