Mary Lipscomb, M.D., chair of the Department of Pathology at the UNM School of Medicine is establishing a $100,000 endowment in honor of her mother. The Evelyn Marlin Fisher Endowment will benefit students at the UNM College of Nursing.

"My mom just loved the idea of giving to the College of Nursing because she knows the great need for nurses in New Mexico," said Lipscomb.

Fisher, who raised seven children, practiced nursing in Louisiana for 20 years. She graduated from Charity School of Nursing in New Orleans during the depression and served as a public health nurse for four months before getting married. She later re-entered the profession as a private duty nurse when Lipscomb was 15 and her youngest was four-years-old. Lipscomb said her mother loved her patients and often shared stories about them with her children.

"Nursing students, like so many students, can have extraordinary financial challenges as they attempt to pursue a degree in nursing," said Sandra Ferketich, Ph.D, dean of the College of Nursing. "The gifts from Dr. Lipscomb on behalf of Mrs. Fisher will help nursing students continue their nursing education and receive their degrees. We are grateful that she choose the UNM College of Nursing as the educational institution to receive these funds."


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