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Elizabeth E. Norwood Graduate Fellowship in Nursing

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The Elizabeth E. Norwood Graduate Fellowship in Nursing was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on June 11, 2012, to benefit The University of Texas School of Nursing. Gift funds were provided by Mary E. Walker, Ph.D.


Elizabeth E. Norwood
Elizabeth E. Norwood

At the time of her death, Elizabeth Ernestine Norwood was the longest serving nurse in state service in Texas history. A long time nurse anesthetist and family nurse practitioner, she retired for the third time at age 85 but continued to lead wellness classes in her retirement community in Vernon, Texas into her 90s.

Elizabeth was born Saturday, September 20, 1919 in Wilbarger Co., Texas, She was the daughter of the late Clara Lydia Gfeller Lutz. She married Charles Allan Norwood on February 28, 1943 in Wichita Falls, TX. He preceded her in death on April 27, 1988.

She held the position of director of nursing at Vernon Clinic Hospital and taught nursing students at Vernon Clinic School of Nursing. She certified as a nurse anesthetist at Harris Hospital in Fort Worth and worked as an anesthetist for many years.

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