Imogene M. King

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KING, Imogene M. died Dec. 24, 2007, in South Pasadena. She was born Jan. 30, 1923, in West Point, IA. Dr. King received a diploma in nursing from St. John's Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis, MO, in 1945; a bachelor's degree in science in nursing education in 1945; a master's degree in science in nursing from St. Louis University in 1957; and a doctorate in education from the Teachers College at Columbia University in 1961. She was Professor Emeritus at University of South Florida and served on the advisory board of the nursing department at the University of Tampa. She was inducted as a living legend in the American Academy of Nursing, and was in the American Nurses Association Hall of Fame, the Florida Nurses Association Hall of Fame, and was a recipient of the 1996 ANA Jesse Scott Award. She was past president of the Florida Nurses Foundation and on the FNA and FNA District IC boards. Dr. King was one of the first Sigma Theta Tau International Virginia Henderson Fellows. In 1997, she received a gold medallion from then Gov. Chiles for advancing the nursing profession in Florida. Her publications include "Toward a Theory for Nursing" and a "Theory for Nursing; Systems, Concepts and Process," which were translated into Japanese, Spanish, and German; several chapters in Frey and Seiloff's "Advancing King's Systems and Theory of Nursing: and other articles on the nursing theory. She served as Assistant Chief, Research Grants Branch, Division of Nursing Bureau of Health Manpower and Welfare (US-HEW) (1966-68.) She taught at Loyola University in Chicago, IL (1961-66;1972-80), was Director of Nursing at Ohio State University (1968-72), and was a professor at the University of South Florida (1980-90). She is survived by a nephew, Jim King, of Wever, IA; and 2 nieces, Donna Gwin, of Long Beach, CA, and Carol Knutson, of Clifton Hill, MO. Donations in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Florida Nurses Foundation for the FNF Imogene M. King Research Grant. A Memorial Catholic Mass will be held at 10 am, Jan. 4, 2007, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, St. Pete Beach, FL. Beach Memorial Chapel St. Pete Beach, FL 727-360-5577

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Dec. 28, 2007