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Hurd blazes new trails for School of Nursing

August 2007

Nancy Smith Hurd with President Cigarroa
With Nancy Smith Hurd at his side, President Cigarroa announces the naming of the School of Nursing auditorium in her honor.
Nancy Smith Hurd is a pioneer. A descendant of early Texas settlers, her life is rooted in the pride of an illustrious Texas history. A lifelong resident of San Antonio, Mrs. Hurd also holds fond memories of Laredo, and of joining her late husband, John Gavin Hurd, when President Richard Nixon appointed him as the U.S. Ambassador to South Africa. In this capacity, the Hurds met many prominent world leaders. Gov. Dolph Briscoe Jr. compliments her as a "lady able to hold her own in the rough-and-tumble oil business of South Texas."

But it is her generous spirit and admiration for nurses that brought Mrs. Hurd to the Health Science Center. Last December, Mrs. Hurd became one of the strongest benefactors in the history of the School of Nursing, establishing the Nancy Smith Hurd Endowed Nursing Scholarship with her landmark gift of $500,000.

"The Health Science Center has a very special place in my heart," Mrs. Hurd said. "I was moved by a deep respect for nurses who unselfishly care for the sick and wounded."

President Cigarroa recognized her extraordinary leadership by naming the Nancy Smith Hurd Auditorium in her honor so future nursing students will be inspired by her Texas pioneer spirit. "It is inspiring to see the strength and beauty of such a noble lady," Dr. Cigarroa said. "Her remarkable gift has touched our university and the future of nursing forever."



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