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Laura E. Govoni

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Laura E Govoni U.S. Veteran BENNINGTON Laura E Govoni, 93, of Ormond Beach, Fla., passed peacefully into God's hands on Aug. 14, 2008, following a brief illness while under Hospice care. Born in Boston, Mass., she had lived in Somerville, Mass., Vernon, Conn., and Bennington, before coming to Ormond Beach in 1990. Her professional nursing career began at Boston City Hospital School of Nursing and the Massachusetts State Department of Public Health. She earned her bachelor of arts, master of arts and PhD (Anthropology) degrees from Boston University. She was on faculties of Boston University, Simmons College (Boston), and the University of Connecticut (Storrs) from which she retired in 1974. She served in the Navy Nurse Corps from 1943-46. In 2000, she received the University of Connecticut "Distinguished Scholar Award." She and two other nurse educators planned and developed the first Graduate Nurse Program at the University of Connecticut. She co-authored, with Janice Hayes, the widely used book "Drugs and Nursing Implications." Dr. Govoni taught nursing practice and research to both undergraduates and doctoral students. Faculty colleagues liked and respected her leadership in nursing education. She was a member of several research projects at the Universities of Illinois, New York, and Connecticut. Memberships also included American Nursing Association, American Nurse Foundation, American Anthropology Association, Sigma XI and Sigma Theta Tan. Dr. Govoni was a caring, generous person who maintained strong relationships with her large family. She leaves her dear friend and companion, Dr. Janice Hayes of Ormond Beach; five nephews, Carl Bellini of West Palm Beach, Fla.; Edward Govoni of Mashpee, Mass.; James Govoni of Marborough, Conn.; Peter Govoni of Littleton, Mass., and William Govoni of Glastonbury, Conn.; six nieces, Marilyn Fall of Virginia Beach; Ernestine Lowrie (predeceased), Mary Lou Ouellette of Niantic, Conn.; Laura Sibarium of Chevy Chase, Md.; Geraldine Stepule of Colchester, Conn., and Loretta Twohig of Burr Ridge, Ill., and their spouses and children. She was predeceased by her sister, Eva Bellini, and by two brothers, Eugene (Leo) Govoni and Mario Govoni. Laura was an avid reader and kept up with current preventive health information which she enjoyed sharing with friends and relatives. She loved everyone, especially children, who were fascinated by her stories about stars, animals (especially cats and dogs), rocks, and her hand tricks. She would never say "no" to anyone and was always there to care and support others. She was an inventor of a patented oral thermometer covers and made many adaptations to standard nursing procedures. Her hobbies were fishing, languages, and crossword puzzles. Dr. Govoni was humble but well-known, and she will be missed, but never forgotten. FUNERAL NOTICE: Donations in Laura's memory may be made to the American Institute for Cancer Research, 1759 R St. NW, PO Box 97167, Washington, DC 20090-7167 and Florida Hospital Hospice Care, 264S Atlantic Avenue, Ormond Beach, FL 32176 To send the family personal email condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 9, 2008
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