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Eloise Patricia Rallings Lewis Papers, 1943-1999

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About Eloise Patricia Rallings Lewis

ImageEloise Patricia Rallings Lewis was born in Pageland, South Carolina, in 1920. Known to many as "Pattie," she attended Winthrop College and received degrees from Vanderbilt University, the University of Pennsylvania and Duke University. Dr. Lewis taught in the schools of nursing at Johns Hopkins University, Women's Medical College (Philadelphia), the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1945, she was a member of the Army Nurse Corps.

 

In 1966, Dr. Lewis became the founding Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Under her leadership, the School gained state and national accreditation, a master's degree program was added, and a chapter of the honorary society of nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, was established. Dr. Lewis retired from UNCG in 1985.

 

Dr. Lewis was very active in various professional organizations including the American Nurses Association, the National League for Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the American Academy of Nursing. She served as president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and of the North Carolina Nurses Association. Recognized as a leader and educator, she received many national, state and local awards -- including the O. Max Gardner Award, the highest award given to faculty members in the UNC system; the Founders Award, the highest honor bestowed by Sigma Theta Tau International; and Boss of the Year in Greensboro in 1981. Known for her ability to energize, empower and motivate others, she was sought after as a speaker for various groups. She received four honorary degrees.

 

Dr. Lewis was involved in many community and civic organizations. She was particularly active in Hospice, serving as president and on the Board of Hospice of Greensboro. Dr. Lewis died in 1999.

About the collection

The Lewis Papers cover her career from 1953 to 1985 as well as some of her activities after her retirement. The collection contains correspondence, speeches, biographical information and photographs, publications, plaques and artifacts. The single largest group of papers is her speeches.

 

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