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AC celebrates National Nurses Week with reception honoring former instructor

LUFKIN, May 8, 2014— The Angelina College Nursing department celebrated National Nurses Week with a reception honoring the memory of former nursing instructor Margaret “Peg” Todd in the Health Careers I Building Wednesday, May 7.

During the reception, Health Careers Division Director Winifred Ferguson-Adams read a poem titled “Life Echoes” about Todd, which was written in her memory by Kay G. Gibbs, secretary of the Health Careers Division.

Larry Frasier, president of the 2014 Angelina College Student Nurses Association, presented a commemorative plaque honoring Todd to her husband, Jim Todd, and other family members.

Following the presentation, Jim Todd announced the intention of the family, along with their friends, to endow a nursing scholarship in Todd’s name at AC.

Dr. Patricia McKenzie, vice president and dean of instruction at AC, gave the concluding remarks; afterward, nursing students served cake and punch to the attendees. One of the cakes contained the letters “LYMI”, which stood for one of Todd’s favorite sayings: “Love you. Mean it.”

Todd, who had been a nursing instructor for 26 years, passed away Sept. 22, 2013, following a battle with cancer. At a memorial service for her, faculty and staff members of the Health Careers Division and Todd’s former nursing students served as honorary pallbearers.


Photo: Angelina College Health Careers instructors Ellen Duke, Alyssa Bass and Sharon Buffalo pose with Jim Todd next to a display in memory of Todd’s late wife Peg, a long-time nursing instructor at AC.

Photo Credit: AC Press photo by Libby Stapleton

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