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Dr. Anne ThomasIt is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Dr. Anne Thomas on July 26, 2019. Dr. Thomas, an Associate Professor who joined the Michigan State University College of Nursing in 2017, was a valuable member of our family and this news comes as a shock to us all.

To honor the memory of Dr. Thomas, the College of Nursing would like to collect funds to plant a tree in her memory at the College of Nursing. With thoughts of comfort and peace during a time of sorrow, the tree will be a living monument to her legacy.

Please keep Anne’s family, Eric, Nathan, Lauren, and Alyssa Joyal and Bob Patterer, in your thoughts as they go through this difficult time.

Dr. Thomas’ professional work also includes engagement and leadership with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). As an adult/gerontological nurse practitioner for over 30 years, Dr. Thomas worked in rural, long-term care, occupational, and mental health care settings. She held academic leadership positions at several universities and was the director for Research Nursing within the Medical Oncology Research Clinical Unit at the National Cancer Institute and the Director of the Health Promotion Laboratory at the National Institute for Nursing Research. In recognition of her leadership and sustained commitment to NP education and practice, she was named a Fellow in AANP in 2012. Dr. Thomas earned her BSN and MSN from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Ph.D. in Nursing from Texas Women’s University.

Funds raised that exceed the cost of purchasing a tree will support our Nurse Practitioner Scholarship fund.

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 20OOPCF1ATMEMOR” in the note section.


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