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Lois Price-Spratlen

In Loving Memory

December 31, 1931 ~ March 30, 2013

Dr. Lois Price Spratlen died at

The Terraces Healthcare Center (Skyline at First Hill) from complications of multiple myeloma. She is survived by a loving family that includes her husband of nearly 61 years, Thaddeus H. Spratlen, five children (Pamela, Patricia, Paula, Khalfani, and Townsand), nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren along with many other relatives, close friends and colleagues. A private family inurnment is pending for later in April.

A public celebration of Lois' life and memorial service will be scheduled on the University of Washington campus during the summer. In lieu of flowers or other gifts now or later, donations in her memory and recognition of service to others should be sent to Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Endowed Scholarship, PO Box 22003, Seattle, WA 98122-0003.

Most of Lois' academic career was at the University of Washington where she became Prof. of Psychosocial Nursing, Ombudsman for Sexual Harassment (1982-2009) and University Ombudsman (1988-2009). She was the first woman, African American and nurse to serve as University Ombudsman. Some of her many professional credentials and honors included national board certification as a psychotherapist; election in 1999 as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN); induction into the Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame in 2006; and being named a 2013 recipient of the Gretchen A. Schodde Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of Advance Practice Psychiatric Nurses, Seattle, WA for her "creativity, vision, devotion, and inspiration to others while providing outstanding services and leadership in healthcare."

She was very proud of authoring the book African American Registered Nurses in Seattle: the Struggle for Opportunity and Success (2001). The personal stories of these nurses include accounts of their education, employment and other personal and professional experiences with discrimination in the area. This book will have lasting value for those who desire to understand the lives of these extraordinary women.

Her University and community service activities as well as honors included chairing the King County Board of Ethics and serving on other boards such as Group health Cooperative and the Metropolitan Seattle Urban League. In 2005 she received the Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Alumni Award from UWs Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP) for her life-time contributions to diversity. A related honor was receiving the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award in the UW Health Sciences in 2006.

She retired in 2009 and was named as Professor and Ombudsman Emerita. Part of enjoying her retirement years involved supporting the development of young people through the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Endowment and MAP.

At the time of her death Lois was working on a book about her practice and service as academic ombudsman. She emphasized prevention and education as being essential elements in effectively helping to resolve and manage conflicts and disputes.

Those who knew Lois will remember her many talents, generosity, style, strength and willingness to help others.

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Guest Book at www.Legacy.com.
Published in The Seattle Times from Apr. 6 to Apr. 7, 2013
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