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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 26, 2007 | Vol. 37 No. 12
Obituary: Nursing Professor Victoria Mock, 65, Longtime Cancer Researcher

Victoria Mock

Victoria "Vicki" Mock, a professor at the Johns Hopkins 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 research projects.

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 Division.

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 of Nursing.

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 trainees.

The school also has created a Web site,, 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.


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