Beaufort County

County History: 
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People and Biographies
Notable individuals from nursing history.
  • Georgene G. Eakes of Chocowinity, NC (1945- ): After earning her diploma in nursing from Watts Hospital School of Nursing and a bachelor's degree in nursing from North Carolina A & T tate University in Greensboro, Eakes earned her master's degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her doctorate of education from North Carolina State University. She currently serves as the director of clinical education with the Center Learning a nd Performance at Vidant Medical Center. Eakes is Professor Emeritus with the College of Nursing at East Carolina University and has served as visiting faculty at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She also served as instructor at the Forsyth Technical Institute in Winston-Salem, and worked in a variety of nursing positions throughout the Southeast. She is a recognized nurse theorist and has authored many research papers on nursing care throughout her career. Eakes has received numerous awards, including The East Carolina University Scholar Teacher Award and the North Carolina Nurse Educator of the Year awarded by the North Carolina Nurses Association. She hold numerous memberships in professional organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and the End-of-Life Care Consortium for Eastern North Carolina. (List of publications.)
  • Katie Mae Grace Paul (1909- ): Pioneer teacher of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in North Carolina.
  • Lovie Beard Shelton (1925-2013): First public health nurse in Pamlico County, and one of the first nurse-midwives in the state.
Additional resources for further research.


  • Beaufort County Community College began with the operation of a practical nursing program in 1949, under the direction of the State Vocational and Adult Education Department. This was in the first group of Practical Nursing programs in NC.


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Compiled by: 
Phoebe Pollitt