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Passing of first BYU Nursing Dean

  • Dean Vivian Hansen

12/28/2018 8:00:00 AM - Media Team

The first dean of the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University passed away Christmas Day 2018. 

She helped establish the new School of Nursing at the university in 1952, including designing its first uniform, the program curriculum, and recruiting faculty from her nationwide network of colleagues.

Vivian's family will welcome visitors at Larkin Funeral Home, 260 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT, on Friday night, January 11th, from 7 to 9 PM. Her funeral will be held at the Arlington Hills Ward Chapel,1300 East Fairfax Road, in Salt Lake City at 10 AM on Saturday, January 12th, 2019. There will also be a viewing from 9 to 9:45 AM in the Relief Society Room on Saturday morning.

Read the obituary published in Deseret News on December 30, 2018.


Dean Elaine Marshall in her book "Learning the Healer's Art" describes Dean Hansen's introduction to leadership at BYU:

"One day I came home to my apartment, and President Wilkinson was waiting for me in my living room. The reason he came was he asked me to come over to BYU and set up the College of Nursing and be the dean. This happened in 1952. I told him that I wasn't interested and that I loved what I was doing and gave him the names of a lot of other people. He came three times. He was pretty smart, the third time he came he just said, “Won't you just come over and see the university?” So I went over and stayed at his home and saw the university. It was a wonderful place. I heard the people cleaning the buildings singing hymns. It was so beautiful…I could see that this was the opportunity of a lifetime because they wanted an LDS woman and there were almost no well-prepared LDS women. The main reason I decided to come was that I knew nursing…trends and this President would do anything to get this school started and started right and well (Mitchell, 5 July 2002)."

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