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In her honorArizona man's donation honors his wife's work as a nurse and nursing teacher
“She fit the bill,” Hank said. Hank recently donated $200,000 to the nursing college in memory of Vivian—the largest donation the college has ever received from a living donor.
Toward the end of her life, she would call Hank “her sweetie,” and he would show her their marriage certificate to explain who he was.
“She was never more than two feet from me, every place we went,” he said.
When Vivian and Hank met, she was teaching nursing at the nursing college. She spent several years working as a nurse and student nursing teacher at Bismarck Hospital. She took about eight years off from nursing after she had their first child but always took refresher courses and worked for trauma centers in Illinois, Minneapolis and Phoenix.
“She just loved that,” Hank said. “She liked the ER. That was her thing.”
Nine days after their 55th anniversary,Vivian died. It only made sense to Hank to give an annuity to the nursing college where she got her start.
“I think that hospital at Sanford Health and its school of nursing are probably among the best in the country,” he said. “She was not only my wife, she was my best friend and really my partner.”
Karen Latham, Sanford College of Nursing provost/dean, said the money will be used to help the college buy equipment and technology to improve instruction.
“That’s awesome to have that kind of support from this alumna’s spouse,” Latham said.
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