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Memoir

Lillian M. Simms
Regents' Proceedings 331

Lillian Simms, associate professor of nursing, will retire from active faculty status on May 31, 1995, after a productive career as a teacher, administrator, and researcher.

A native of Michigan, Professor Simms earned her B.S.N. degree in 1952, her M.S. degree in 1966, and her Ph.D. degree in 1977, all from the University of Michigan. She joined the faculty of the School of Nursing in 1970 as an instructor and was promoted to assistant professor in 1973 and associate professor in 1977. From 1977-81, Professor Simms also served in a leadership role in the Nursing Health Services Administration Program. From 1980-90, she held a dual appointment as associate professor of health gerontology in the School of Public Health.

In 1981, Professor Simms was named interim associate director of nursing at the University of Michigan Hospitals and interim assistant dean of clinical affairs in the School of Nursing. In these roles, Professor Simms proved to be a steadfast leader, guiding nursing at the University Hospitals and clinical affairs within the School of Nursing through a time of significant change and renewal.

Professor Simms has contributed to the developing knowledge of nursing practice through publications and presentations since the mid-1970s. Most recently, she has devoted considerable commitment and energy to developing international initiatives with the nursing profession in China. Her unique contributions to the school, the University, the community, and the profession of nursing have been recognized through many awards and acknowledgments, including a book-of-the-year award and election to the American Academy of Nursing.

The Regents now salute this distinguished faculty member for her dedicated service by naming Lillian Simms associate professor emerita of nursing.