Dr. Virginia Stone A pioneer in gerontological nursing
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