Victoria "Vicki" Mock, a professor at the Johns
School of Nursing,
died of cancer Nov.
15, surrounded by her family. She was 65.
Internationally known for her research in symptom
management for patients receiving cancer
treatment, Mock was chair of the school's new Department of
Health Systems and Outcomes, led the
school's Center for Collaborative Intervention Research and
directed nursing research at the Kimmel
Cancer Center. Mock held a joint appointment in Oncology at
the JHU School of Medicine and
conducted multi-institutional intervention-testing studies
in diverse cancer populations. She was
principal investigator or co-investigator on numerous
National Institutes of Health-funded cancer-centered
Throughout her career, Mock earned accolades and
national acclaim for her work in oncology
nursing. She chaired the National Comprehensive Cancer
Network Cancer-Related Fatigue Guidelines
Panel, received a Distinguished Researcher Award from the
Oncology Nursing Society and was honored
with an American Cancer Society Professorship of Oncology
Nursing from the ACS Mid-Atlantic
Mock earned her bachelor of science in nursing from
Duke University; a master of science in
nursing from the University of California, San Francisco;
and a doctorate of nursing science from
Catholic University. She joined the faculty of Johns
Hopkins in 1994 from the Boston College School
Mock was respected and admired by her students and
colleagues, not only for her skill as a
researcher, educator and administrator but also for her
generosity of spirit.
"I can't express what a tremendous asset Dr. Mock has
been to all of our experiences here--
regardless of whether we had limited or extensive exposure
to her and her mentoring," said doctoral
student Marguerite Baty. "Each interaction was marked with
such tremendous intellect, generosity and
a gentleness that we all strive for."
Associate Professor Marguerite Kearney remembers Mock
as "a true scholar, but most of all, a
kind, gentle person."
Martha N. Hill, dean of the school and professor of
nursing, medicine and public health, joined in
the recollections of colleagues and former students, noting
that "the school, the Oncology Center and
the entire Hopkins medical and university communities will
miss her greatly."
The School of Nursing, in collaboration with Mock's
family and Sharon Krumm, director of
nursing in the Oncology Center, has begun planning a
special commemorative program on Monday, Jan.
14, to celebrate her major contributions and the impact she
had on so many colleagues, students and
The school also has created a Web site,
www.son.jhmi.edu/blogs/vickimock, for friends and
colleagues to post remembrances of Mock, and has
established a research fund in her honor.
The Victoria Mock Research Fund will support pilot
studies and enhance the work of the Center
on Collaborative Intervention Research. "By establishing
and supporting this fund, we will continue her
passion for mentoring new investigators and launching new
studies, and thereby celebrate her life and
work," Hill said. Contributions should be sent to Johns
Hopkins University School of Nursing, the
Victoria Mock Research Fund, 525 N. Wolfe St., Room 529,
Baltimore, MD 21205. For more
information, contact the School of Nursing Office of
Development at 410-955-4284.