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Miss Margaret Spillman was the Executive Director of the Atlanta Lung Association and a close friend and colleague of Miss Lillian Bischoff. Although not a nurse, she was very interested in graduate nursing education and worked with Miss Bischoff and the Georgia League for Nursing Board in raising funds for the Spillman Bischoff Scholarship. Miss Spillman was a member of the Georgia League for Nursing and the National League for Nursing and was elected as the first non nurse member of the Georgia League for Nursing Board upon its restructure in 1952. Through her work on the Georgia League for Nursing Board and through the establishment of the scholarship she made many contributions to nursing education in Georgia.

Miss Lillian Bischoff graduated from Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and later obtained a baccalaureate degree in nursing from the University of Washington and a master’s degree from Catholic University. She gave leadership both to nursing service and nursing education in her many roles. She served as Director of Public Health Nursing with the Georgia Department of Public Health, Assistant Director of the Bureau of Public Health Nursing and Director of Nursing Education in Washington, DC. She also served as Director of Nursing at Grady Memorial Hospital and held faculty positions at Boston University and Emory University.

Miss Bischoff was a nurse leader in Georgia, in the nation and around the world. She served with the World Health Organization in Ethiopia and with the U.S. Public Health Service in India where she established two university schools of nursing and upgraded public health nurses education from sub professional to professional. She was a member of the U.S. Army Nurse Corp. in World War II.

Miss Bischoff was a generous contributor of her time, expertise and resources to community and professional groups. She was active in her church, Atlanta Lung Association, Georgia League for Nursing, National League for Nursing, Georgia Nurses Association and American Nurses Association. She was a fellow of the American Public Health Association. She served the Georgia League for Nursing twice as its president and was a recipient of the distinguished Jane Van de Verde Award.

Miss Bischoff was also a colleague and devoted friend to Miss Jane Van de Verde. Miss Bischoff will be remembered for her caring of people as individuals and especially for the loving care she gave to “Ms. Jane” in Ms. Jane’s later years.

Miss Spillman and Miss Bischoff had a strong commitment to graduate education for nurses and through their gifts to the Spillman Bischoff Scholarship, they have enabled graduate nurses to pursue master’s and doctoral study.
 
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