Alumna Creates Scholarship for Nursing Students

Margaret (Peggy) Proctor, B.S. ’65 NursingWhen Margaret (Peggy) Proctor, B.S. ’65 Nursing, considered how to designate a bequest to USF, it was easy to decide on a scholarship to support nursing students in honor of her late sister, Anna Proctor. Peggy had followed her sister to nursing school and saw the effect that her USF education had on her career and personal life.

"I came to USF at a time when there were few choices for women. I left with a degree, lifelong friends, and a stronger sense of confidence and values,” says Proctor.

On move-in day Proctor met fellow freshmen, Charlotte Brandt, Cathy Farrell, Joanna Nevesny, and Gretchen Stone. The group bonded in the halls, enjoyed fun times, and supported each other through the challenges of nursing school.

Upon graduation each of the five went on to successful nursing careers. Peggy worked for 40 years at SF General and Children’s Hospital, now California Pacific. She was a charge nurse in heart surgery when procedures, such as heart transplants and stents, were first introduced. Proctor says, “It was cutting edge and stressful but so rewarding because these surgeries were saving people’s lives. I gained a strong sense for helping others when I was at USF. I learned that life is not about what you have, it is what you give so others can grow.”

Proctor gave both in and out of the hospital. When her sister died suddenly, Proctor took over raising her niece, Nicky, who is now a teacher at a Catholic school. “I am so proud of who she has become and all that she gives to her young students.”

Sadly, Stone passed away, but the remaining friends still gather regularly to reminisce and share life’s joys and losses. The friends were there for Proctor when her brother, a diocesan priest, passed away recently. And together they organize their class’s biennial get-togethers.

“USF provided me some of my most memorable years where I received a great education and everlasting relationships. USF gave me so much, so I am happy to be able to designate a gift in my estate to the place where it all started.”