Hazle E. Blakeney, 78, pioneer in field of nursing education

March 31, 1997|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

Hazle Elizabeth Blakeney, a retired nationally known educator in nursing, died Thursday at Long Green Center in Baltimore after a long illness. She was 78.

In a career that spanned more than 45 years, the Baltimore resident was a founder of associate-level education, or two-year college programs, in nursing. She retired in 1985 from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, where she had been professor and chairwoman of the graduate Department of Career Development since 1973.

The daughter of the Rev. John and Valley Walker, she was born in Pittsburg, Kan. She completed nursing studies at Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in Charlotte, N.C., and received a bachelor's degree in biology from Kansas State College. She earned a professional diploma, and master's and doctoral degrees in education from the Teachers College of Columbia University in New York City.

Under her guidance as professor and chairwoman of the Norfolk Division of Nursing at Virginia State College, the school in 1954 became one of eight in the country to initiate associate programs in nursing. She left Virginia State College in 1967 to become the first director of the Allied Health Division of Essex County College in Newark, N.J.

She spoke throughout the country on collegiate nursing studies.

Ms. Blakeney's extensive professional activities included serving as chairwoman of the American Nurses Association's Commission on Nursing Education, which developed standards for nursing studies. She participated in a White House conference on health and was a member of an advisory council to the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare on nurse training.

She served in advisory capacities on nursing education in Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts and was a member of the board of trustees of St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson.

She was president of the Nursing Education Alumni Association of Teachers College.

She was a member of the Pi Lambda Theta honor society of women in education, the Kappa Delta Pi honor society in education, the Sigma Theta Tau honor society in nursing, the Delta Sigma Theta sorority and the Chi Eta Phi sorority for black nurses.

"She was known to all who knew her as the calm before, during and after the storms of life," said close friend Rose Jackson of Pikesville. She called Ms. Blakeney a "beautiful, gracious and gentle lady."

An early marriage ended in divorce.

Ms. Blakeney was a member of Concord Baptist Church, 5204 Liberty Heights Ave., where she took an active role in community service and where services will held at 11: 30 a.m. tomorrow.

She is survived by seven nieces and five nephews.

Pub Date: 3/31/97

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