May 19, 2000
Volume XXXIII, No. 20

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Three School of Nursing administrators to retire this summer

The School of Nursing is losing three of its most respected members. Come August, Drs. Barbara Holtzclaw, Barbara Lust and Suellen Reed will retire from their posts at the Health Science Center.

Dr. Holtzclaw, associate dean for research, has been granted emeritus status and plans to keep in contact with the School of Nursing. In her role as research dean, she serves as a mentor to faculty members and graduate students, helping them write grants and design research protocols, which she hopes to keep doing after retirement. Her own research and publications, on thermal regulation, will continue as well.


Dr. Holtzclaw

Dr. Holtzclaw has been appointed editor of the new Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research and chair of the research committee of the American Nurses Association Foundation Board of Trustees.

When Dr. Holtzclaw joined the Health Science Center in 1992, the nursing Ph.D. program was in its infancy. Her role was to direct the research core of the program and pair students with faculty members conducting research.

One of the most rewarding aspects of her career at the School of Nursing, she says, was the opportunity for interdisciplinary research. "I found people in the other schools very willing to work with me and with the students."

Dr. Holtzclaw credits Dean Janet Allan with making her research mission much easier. "Research is a major initiative; now there is an expectation that you will do research when you come here." 

On retiring, Dr. Holtzclaw will finally rejoin her husband, a genealogist, in Oklahoma. They have been living apart since she moved to San Antonio, spending long weekends and holidays together.

Dr. Barbara Lust, associate dean for students, is leaving the School of Nursing


Dr. Lust

after a 22-year career. When she came to the Health Science Center in 1978, she started out as a faculty member in the undergraduate program. At the same time, she worked toward her Ph.D. in nursing education administration at U. T. Austin.

Appointed student affairs dean in 1985, Dr. Lust took on a student advocate role that she finds extremely rewarding. Many of her students, she said, already have degrees in other fields and have decided to pursue nursing as a career.

Dr. Lust received her Master of Science degree in medical/surgical nursing at Ohio State University, following a hospital diploma program in surgical nursing and a bachelor's degree from Ohio State. Beginning five years of active military service, she joined Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., with 12 years of experience in nursing, and taught at the Army's baccalaureate nursing program affiliated with the University of Maryland.

After moving to San Antonio, Dr. Lust served in the Army Reserves and spent four months stationed in Germany during Desert Storm. She retired from the Reserves in 1992.

After retiring, Dr. Lust plans to travel, volunteer and play golf. She also will continue her work with the board of Hospice and the Visiting Nurses Association of South Texas.

Dr. Suellen Reed, interim director of curriculum resources, was one of the first four faculty members hired for the School of Nursing in 1969.


Dr. Reed

"We each had a desk in a corner of what is now the president's conference room," she recalled. "Our first class in 1970 consisted of four students, two who were auditing and two who were enrolled." At that time the nursing program was still part of the U. T. System School of Nursing. The School of Nursing became a separate entity at the Health Science Center in 1976.

Dr. Reed served in a variety of administrative positions during her career as each department was established. She was grants and outreach director, associate dean for the graduate nursing program, and interim dean before Dr. Janet Allan was hired.

As associate dean for graduate students for eight years, Dr. Reed had responsibility for recruitment, admission and development of majors. Much of her work was with distant campus sites and developing the doctoral program.

Dr. Reed will move to Las Vegas after she retires, for "world-class" shopping, dining and entertainment, with a little gambling now and then.