Hobart and William Smith Colleges celebrated in a day of tradition, praise and thanks
GENEVA, N.Y.—On behalf of her fellow students, senior Julia James presented Dr. Loretta Ford with a glass pine tree in recognition of her resilience, dedication to service and for bringing hope to many by her important contribution. Ford, the founder of the nurse practitioner profession, was named the 33rd recipient of the Blackwell Award, which is given to a woman whose life exemplifies outstanding service to humanity.
“You are an inspiration to the women of William Smith. Personally, as an aspiring physician, I look to your accomplishment as an example of the way one person can change the world of medicine,” said James.
The Blackwell Award was presented during a ceremony held in conjunction with the Colleges’ Convocation, dedication of the new academic building Stern Hall, and the naming of William Scandling’49 as first trustee chair emeritus. The celebration began at 5 p.m. on the lawn at Stern Hall on the Hobart and William Smith campus.
Earlier Patricia Stranahan, provost and dean of faculty, opened the ceremony. “I ask, as we sit and look at our new academic building, honor William Scandling and recognize the accomplishments of Dr. Ford that we reconfirm our dedication to excellence, that we commit ourselves to learning and teaching across our curriculum, and that we all experience with pleasure the unexpected benefits that a Hobart and William Smith education may bring,” she said.
In the 1960s, Dr. Ford found pediatric health care in America woefully lacking. She created a model that combined clinical care and research to give public health nurses the preparation necessary for them to help children and their families. Individuals who participated in this training became known as pediatric nurse practitioners.
Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman in America to receive the Doctor of Medicine degree (in 1849 from Hobart College, formerly Geneva Medical College). For more information on Blackwell and the Award visit The Elizabeth Blackwell site.