Class Notes


Pat Gorzka ’61 was honored in May by The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. The school’s alumni association presented Gorzka with their highest honor, the Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award, which is given to an alumna/us who has demonstrated continuous, outstanding, creative and exemplary contributions to the discipline of nursing or to health care. Gorzka, an associate professor and director of continuing education at the College of Nursing at the University of South Florida, is an advocate and visionary in multidisciplinary nursing education.


David Bolesh ’75, a patient-safety manager at Kenner Army Medical Center in Fort Lee, Va., was awarded the 2009 Department of Defense Patient Safety Award in the category of Identification and Mitigation of Risks and Hazards in Ambulatory Care. The award recognizes “those who have shown innovation and commitment to the development of systems and processes that are tightly organized around the needs of the patient.”


Carol Glod ’80, professor of nursing in Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences, lecturer in psychiatry at Harvard University Medical School, and director of developmental studies at McLean Hospital, in April was appointed dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Salem State College in Salem, Mass. Glod’s experience includes over 20 years as a clinical researcher with a primary emphasis on psychiatric disorders and their treatment among children and adolescents.  She is a fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Nursing, which represents the most accomplished nurses in the country. 

Patricia A. Tabloski ’89, associate dean for graduate studies at the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College, won an American Journal of Nursing book of the year award in the category of gerontological nursing for her book Gerontological Nursing, 2nd edition.


John Parker ’96 has been named director of nursing at the Vines Hospital in Ocala, Fla., a behavioral health facility specializing in substance abuse, addiction and related psychiatric disorders. Most recently, Parker was a supervisor of nursing operations at Natchaug Hospital in Mansfield Center, Conn.


Debbie Partrick ’02 recently received her master’s degree in science management in health care administration from Marlboro Graduate School in Brattleboro, Vermont. Partrick is the manager of The Birthing Center in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Nancy Brown Bennett ’05 and Cary Bennett ’00RC, ’04, ’07 welcomed their first child, Annalise Leona, in January. Nancy and Cary are both pediatric nurse practitioners. “Cary works in the pediatric intensive care unit at St. Joseph’s hospital in Phoenix, on the development of Phoenix’s first pediatric heart transplant program. I work for an insurance company, enrolling children in a program for kids with congenital anomalies and chronic illnesses.”


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