DU GAS, Beverly (nee Witter)
June 29, 1923 - November 22, 2012
It is with great sadness that we announce that Beverly passed away on November 22, 2012. Beverly was born in Vancouver and, although she worked in many different places, she remained a proud Vancouverite. Her academic career was stellar. She graduated from John Oliver High School at age 16 with the highest marks in the province. She is a graduate of both UBC and the Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing and obtained her Master's degree from the University of Washington. Beverly travelled the globe working as a nurse educator for WHO, PAHO and other organizations. She was particularly proud of her work in pioneering distance education for nurses, both in Canada and abroad. Beverly obtained her Doctorate in Adult Education in 1969 from UBC. She was subsequently awarded the Order of British Columbia, the Order of Canada and the Queen's Jubilee Medal. Beverly was head of the nursing school at VGH for many years and loved to tell stories about her experiences there. She was an accomplished author of nursing textbooks and, after her first stroke, self- published two books full of entertaining accounts of her travels and experiences. She was an inspiration to countless nurses as well as to her vast network of friends around the world and, most of all, to her family. Beverly leaves to mourn her four children: Bud (Peggy), Barbara (John), David (Linda), and Danny (Lenore), as well as seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful care provided by the South Delta Kinsmen Residence and its staff. A service will be held at St. Faith's Anglican Church (7284 Cypress Street, Vancouver) at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 1. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Faith's Church or the UBC School of Nursing Scholarship Fund would be appreciated.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on November 24, 2012