Turley endows scholarship for global health
Published: April 11, 2014 by David Bates and Sarah Minette Kelly
James P. Turley, PhD, RN, a retired associate professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) and an associate professor at UTHealth School of Nursing for nine years, recently formalized a planned gift of $1 million to create the Lillian Eriksen Memorial Endowed Scholarship for Global Health at the UTHealth School of Nursing.
“Having known Lillian since we were doctoral students together, the purpose of this gift would be an epitome of what she stood for and what she devoted her life to,” said School of Nursing Dean Patricia L. Starck, PhD, RN.
Turley – who has a master’s degree in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University – noted that he and his late wife, Lillian Eriksen, DSN, RN, both were trained as nurses, and that she always remained focused on the profession of nursing. For many years, she was a tenured associate professor at the UTHealth School of Nursing, with research interests in the development of technologies to improve hospital work environments, patient safety and delivery of care
“My career diverged after I had an opportunity to create a school centered on informatics [now SBMI] with Dr. Doris Ross in 1997,” Turley said.
The Lillian Eriksen Memorial Endowed Scholarship for Global Health is a permanent endowment that will be used for the benefit of the School of Nursing. Funds distributed from the endowment will be used to provide scholarships to students in good academic standing, with a preference for international students who intend to practice in their home country and United States citizens and permanent residents who intend to practice outside the U.S.
“In establishing the Lillian Eriksen Memorial Endowed Scholarship for Global Health, I wanted to commemorate Lillian’s life and work, while emphasizing the importance we both placed on the nursing profession,” said Turley. “It is my hope that this planned gift – as well as my arrangement to provide equal support to SMBI through the James Turley Memorial Endowed Scholarship for Global Health – will inspire others to incorporate our university into their estate plans.”