Columbus County


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  • "Lieutenant Colonel Ann Lawrence from Chadbourn, NC, was the second highest ranking black woman in the US Air Force in 1976. A graduate of Kate B. Reynolds Hospital School of Nursing in Winston –Salem, NC, Lawrence joined the US Air Force in 1956. Her first assignment was to Wright Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio. From there she went to Japan for two years. After earning her master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska in Omaha, she spent tours of duty in Libya, the Philippines and Vietnam before returning to the US.”
    Carnegie, E.(2000) The Path we Tread. Jones and Bartlett Publishers: Sudbury, MD.
  • Ruth Storms is a registered nurse with an extensive background in public health.  She is a 1958 diploma graduate from the Brooklyn Hospital.  After moving to North Carolina she earned a bachelor of science in nursing degree from UNC-Charlotte, and Masters of Science degree in health administration from Central Michigan University.  Storm’s also has a certificate in Parish Nursing from Duke University.  Storms came to Columbus County to work as a pediatric nurse practitioner in the health department and then served as the Columbus County Health Department director of nursing from 1987 to 1992.  From September 1992 to January 1996 Storms left Whiteville to be a public health nurse manager for the Manillaq Association in Kotzebue, Alaska.  Upon her return to North Carolina, from July 1996 to August 2004 she served as a school nurse consultant for the state of North Carolina, assisting school nurses in 17 county school districts with protocols, policies and procedures and developing care plans for students. Storm’s is former president, vice president and secretary for the District 16 North Carolina Nurses Association, a member of Healthy Carolinians, and a volunteer parish nurse.  She has also chaired the Columbus County Department of Social Services Board of Directors (from the 100 nurses/100 counties project in 2014).

  • Article about nurse Annie Lathan  Odom Hayes from Carolina Nursing (The UNC-Chapel Hill Alumni Association magazine). See page 10.