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Joyce C. (Hoyt) Clifford '59, trustee and nursing leader, dies at age 76

October 25, 2011

Story by College Communications and Marketing

Joyce Clifford '59, HD'89, a trustee of Saint Anselm College, died Oct. 21 at the age of 76. She joined the college's board of trustees in 1983, and received an honorary degree in 1989.

Joyce CliffordDr. Clifford made many lasting contributions to the field of nursing, earning several prestigious awards in her profession. She was awarded the Living Legend in Massachusetts Nursing by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses in 2007 and was named a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing in 2005. In 2003, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Organization of Nurse Executives. She received the Saint Anselm College Alumni Award of Merit in 1987.

After graduation from Saint Anselm College's nursing program, Clifford earned a master's degree at the University of Alabama and a doctorate in health planning and policy analysis at the Heller School of Brandeis University. She was senior vice president and nurse-in-chief at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston for more than 25 years, after which she founded The Institute for Nursing Healthcare Leadership (INHL). She held appointments as a lecturer at Harvard Medical School and a visiting scholar at Boston College School of Nursing.

Dr. Clifford was a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a former president of the American Organization of Nurse Executives. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association from 1991-1994; and was the first nurse to be a member of the Harvard Medical School's Admissions Committee.

She was internationally known for developing a professional nursing practice model that is considered the benchmark for professionalism in nursing, and that integrates scholarship and service in direct care, promotes nursing practice development, and improves patient care outcomes.

The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center website reports that funeral services are being arranged by Gormley Funeral Service in West Roxbury where a wake will be held Thursday, Oct. 27, from 3 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Theresa's in West Roxbury at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, followed by burial at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

Beth Israel announced that its flags will be lowered to half-staff in Joyce's honor on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 24 and 25.