Martha Frances “Fran” Ross, RN, In Memoriam

Fran Ross, RN, served UNC for 28 years, as vice chair of the Department of Nursing and then as a senior vice president and director of nursing.

Martha Frances “Fran” Ross, RN, In Memoriam click to enlarge Martha Frances “Fran” Ross, RN

Ross retired from UNC Hospitals in December 2001 after 28 years of service. At the time of her retirement, she held the title of senior vice president, director of nursing. Sandra K. Evans, a close friend, served as UNC Hospitals’ assistant nursing director under Fran. In 1973, she joined the staff at N.C. Memorial Hospital as vice chair of the Department of Nursing after earning her bachelor’s degree from the UNC School of Nursing in 1959 and completing course work toward a graduate degree in nursing administration in 1968. She co-founded the Appalachian Council of Nurse Executives of University Teaching Hospitals, served as an adjunct associate professor at the UNC School of Nursing and in 1989 received the School of Nursing’s Alumna of the year Award. Selected in 1991 as one of the “Great 100” nurses in North Carolina, she now has a Frances Ross Memorial Scholarship program named in her honor, recognizing her contributions to nursing at UNC Hospitals.

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