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Ann Lurie, 2009 Alumna of the Year, BSN 1966

Ann Lurie is originally from Florida and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UF. She currently resides in Chicago where she is president of Lurie Investments; president and treasurer of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Foundation; and president of Africa Infectious Disease Village Clinics, Inc., a US-based charity. Following the death of her husband, Robert H. Lurie in 1990, she devoted herself to raising their six children while distinguishing herself as a committed and knowledgeable benefactor to a number of important causes. Before starting a family, Ms. Lurie worked in public health and pediatric intensive care nursing in Florida and at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Ms. Lurie has a deep commitment to global philanthropy which has included supporting the UK charity, Riders for Health, which creates and sustains health care delivery systems in Africa. She founded and personally oversees the operation of AID Village Clinics, a communicable disease initiative offering comprehensive medical clinics for a population of 100,000 Maasai in rural southeastern Kenya. In cooperation with Save the Children and ONE Love Africa, she funded construction of 30 rural schools in Ethiopia. She supports an HIV/AIDS initiative on the Burma/Chinese border; and sponsors the WE-ACTx pediatric care program for HIV/AIDS patients in Rwanda.

In concert with her commitment to medical research and child related health issues, Ms. Lurie endowed the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University; funded both the Diana, Princess of Wales Professorship in Cancer Research and the Jesse, Sara, Andrew, Abigail, Benjamin, and Elizabeth Lurie Professor of Oncology at the Cancer Center; and committed the lead funding for the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center of Northwestern University.

Linda Aiken, BSN 1964, MN 1966

Dr. Linda Aiken is Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research and The Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing and Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia . She is also a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics and research associate in the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania . Dr. Aiken’s research agenda is motivated by a commitment to improving health care outcomes by building an evidence base for health services management and providing direction for national policymakers in the United States and abroad. Her research focuses on the substantive and methodological advances in health outcomes research across a variety of areas including health care systems, hospital quality of care, AIDS care and prevention, innovative models of primary care, and mental health services. Linda continues to stay involved with UF College of Nursing. She served as a keynote speaker at the Dorothy M. Smith Nursing Leadership Conference with Gretta Styles and helped enable the College to commemorate founding Dean Dorothy M. Smith via a permanent exhibit in the College’s Lobby.

Maude Rittman, BSN 1967, MSN 1968, PhD 1997

Maude Rittman is the Associate Chief Nurse for Research at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

As a nurse researcher she focuses primarily in understanding the everyday lives of persons with stroke, their caregivers, and the experience of living with a chronic illness. In 2002 she was selected as Nurse Researcher of the Year by Sigma Theta and in 2004 received a Dorothy M. Smith Nursing Leadership Award. She also is the Assistant Director for Career Development in the VA Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Center of Excellence at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville .