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Posted: 3/15/2007

Dear friends of Hopkins nursing,

We are saddened to have received the news that Anne “Nan” M. Pinkard, our long-time friend and benefactor of the School of Nursing, died on Saturday, March 3rd at the age of 83.  Nan was a trustee of the university for nearly twenty years and had held the office of president of the Johns Hopkins Women’s Board.

At the family reception and the funeral, and through media coverage of her life and accomplishments, many of us had the opportunity to share our memories.  The JHU Gazette ran a commemorative story, as did the Baltimore Sun.  As I told Sun reporters:

“Mrs. Pinkard was an extraordinary woman who had a marvelous moral compass.  She knew what mattered, and she wanted others to know what she thought mattered.   She thought it was important that Hopkins had a nursing school that was a credible division of the university and with its own home.  She pressed the university’s board or trustees and several presidents unrelentingly…”
William R. Brody, M.D., President of Johns Hopkins University, shared his recollections of Nan in a university-wide e-mail and noted: 

“As president of the France-Merrick Foundation, she made an indelible mark on our Baltimore community, supporting important initiatives in community development, health and social services, civic and cultural life, education, and historic preservation.

“It was no surprise that the trustees felt so strongly about Nan that they voted in 1997 to name the School of Nursing’s new headquarters building in her honor. It was, likewise, no surprise at all that this kind, selfless, unassuming leader pronounced herself in awe at the prospect of being associated with everyone who would study and work in that building.”

I concur with Bill that Baltimore has lost one of its most treasured citizens-and  Johns Hopkins has lost one of its greatest friends.  The School of Nursing is enormously proud to be a part of her legacy.   

Martha N. Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor

France-Merrick Scholarship recipients from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing signed the online condolence book for Nan Pinkard’s family:

“My prayers and condolences to the family.With the assistance of Nan Pinkard, I was able to graduate from nursing school and her kindness and thoughfulness will always live on and by her example, be passed on to others.” 
– Stella Marine, accelerated class of 2006 

“Nan’s kindness will never be forgotten. Please accept my deepest sympathies.” 
– Devin Kelly, accelerated class of 2007

To make a gift in memory of Nan Pinkard, please visit the Johns Hopkins University online giving webpage or call 800-548-5422.