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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 7, 2005 | Vol. 35 No. 10
New Award Honors Devotion to JHU School of Nursing

The School of Nursing has established a new award to bestow upon individuals who are not graduates of the school but who have given exemplary and sustained service to the school and its students. The Worth B. Daniels Jr., M.D., Award is named after its inaugural recipient.

"It is fitting that the award honors Dr. Worth Daniels," said Dean Martha N. Hill in her address during the award ceremony, held Oct. 6 at the American Visionary Art Museum. "His commitment to and affection for the school is legendary. His investment of his time, his generosity and his unflagging advocacy of this school set a shining example for all of us."

Daniels, a 1948 graduate of the School of Medicine, has been a nursing advocate and Johns Hopkins supporter throughout his career. His most notable contribution to the School of Nursing was as founding chairman of the Committee of 100, a group that asked physicians to contribute toward nursing scholarships. He formed the committee in 1991 and served as its chair for three years. Daniels has also served on the National Advisory Council for Johns Hopkins Nursing.

The long relationship between Daniels and Hopkins began a generation ago: His parents, Jo and Worth Daniels, graduated from the School of Medicine in 1924. After following in their footsteps, Daniels completed residencies at Vanderbilt and Duke. He returned to Baltimore in 1954 to establish a private practice and to join the Johns Hopkins faculty. Since that time, he has served on the Alumni Council Executive Committee, acted as a class agent for the School of Medicine, earned the Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award in 1995 and was presented with the university's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2000. And now, in 2005, he is the first recipient and namesake of this School of Nursing award.

"The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing has many dedicated friends and advocates, some of whom have made an extraordinary impact on the school and, by extension, on the entire profession of nursing," Hill said. "The Worth B. Daniels Jr., M.D., Award is an excellent way to recognize those individuals who understand the importance of nursing education, have shown extraordinary devotion to the school's ideals and have worked effectively and passionately on its behalf."


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