Lillian Sholtis Brunner and Grayce M. Sills


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Lillian Sholtis Brunner, a prominent nurse-author who cowrote the bestselling Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing and Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice, died on March 23 at the age of 97. Brunner graduated from the School of Nursing at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1940, and early in her career worked as an operating room supervisor at the university's hospital. She taught at her alma mater as well as at Bryn Mawr Hospital and Yale University and served on numerous boards and committees throughout her life. Brunner was a lifelong supporter of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing, from which she received an honorary doctorate. Her many contributions to the school included serving as an overseer, helping to found the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, and establishing the Mathias J. Brunner Instructional Technology Center in honor of her late husband. In 1979 she became a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, which named her a Living Legend in 2002. Decades after their initial publication, the books she coauthored remain fundamental texts for nursing students and educators around the world.


Grayce M. Sills, an influential leader and educator in the field of mental health nursing, died on April 3 in Columbus, Ohio, at the age of 89. In 1964, Sills joined the nursing faculty of Ohio State University (OSU)-where she had earned her master's and doctoral degrees in sociology-and spent her academic career there until retiring in 1993. Among numerous accomplishments during her tenure, Sills helped develop the university's doctoral program in nursing and its graduate clinical nurse specialist program in psychiatry. She won three major awards from the school as well as two honorary doctorates from other universities. After retiring from OSU, Sills continued to work as an international consultant for community-based mental health nursing. She also went on to cofound the American Psychiatric Nurses Association as well as its journal, for which she served as editor until 2005. Sills was a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was honored by the organization as a Living Legend in 1999.