University of Louisiana-Monroe Honors Long-Time Nursing Professor

Nancy Albright Lowery, who taught nursing at the Univesity of Louisiana-Monroe for 40 years, has had a scholarship program at university named in her honor.

Lowery taught the first class of graduates from what is now the Kitty DeGree School of Nursing. She was an award-winning professor and an expert witness in malpractice cases. She was president of the Louisiana State Board of Nursing in the 1980s.

Professor Lowery’s daughter established the scholarship to honor her mother on her 80th birthday. “I realized how many lives she touched and how many people learned from her. She helped students find their academic and personal success. What better way to honor her than with the Nancy Albright Lowery Endowed Scholarship in Nursing. People can get a hand up when they need it to help people meet their goals in life,” Kate Lowery said.

Susan Chappell, executive director of advancement, foundation and alumni relations at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, stated that Professor Lowery was “known for her healing hands, she was most in her element when teaching clinicals at St. Francis Medical Center because she could share her knowledge with deserving students, while also satisfying her own constant love of learning in a dynamic environment.”

A native of Monroe, Louisiana, Professor Lowery earned a nursing degree from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and a master’s degree from Emory University in Atlanta.

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