- Dr. Jean Beattie Milligan, Ed.D., a former Dean of the UVM School of
Nursing, passed away peacefully at The Arbors in Shelburne on July 6,
2011, at the age of 89. Jean was fortunate to have lived in her own
house in Burlington until January of this year. Jean was predeceased by
her parents, Prof. William E. Milligan and Mary (McCartney) of Hamden,
Conn.; her sister, Dorothy (Sibold) of Stratford, Ontario; and her
brother, William of Cheshire, Conn. She is survived by seven nieces and
nephews and 15 grand nieces and nephews in Canada and the United
States. Jean was born in Chile where her father worked at a copper mine
as a metallurgist. The family eventually settled in New Haven, Conn.
where her father was a professor in the Department of Metallurgy at
Yale University. Jean was a proud graduate of Middlebury College (A.B.
1944), Yale University (M.N. 1946) and Teachers' College, Columbia
University (M.A. 1951, M.Ed. 1968 and Ed.D. 1972). While at Teachers'
College, she was a member of Kappa Delta Pi. After brief stints as a
practicing nurse at GraceNew Haven Hospital and as an instructor at
Yale University School of Nursing and the University Of Michigan School
Of Nursing, Jean joined the faculty of the University Of Vermont School
Of Nursing in 1953 as an Assistant Professor. She steadily advanced
through the faculty ranks becoming Dean of the UVM School of Nursing in
1974 and served in that position until her retirement in 1987. Jean was
the recipient of many awards, including the Distinguished Alumna Award
from the Yale University School of Nursing and the Isabel Hampton Robb
Scholarship. During her nursing education career, Jean served numerous
professional organizations, including the Vermont State Nurses'
Association (President), the New England Council on Higher Education
for Nursing and the New England Board of Higher Education. Jean was an
active and longtime member of First Congregational Church in Burlington
where she served multiple terms as Deacon and Trustee. Jean was also a
dedicated volunteer for many years during her retirement at the
Possibility Shop run by the Church. As well, Jean was a member of
P.E.O. and had recently been acknowledged for her 50 years of
membership. In addition to her many career accomplishments, Jean will
be remembered for her devotion to family and friends and to her beloved
Boston Red Sox and the UVM men's hockey and women's basketball teams.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 11, 2011, at 11 a.m. at
First Congregational Church of Burlington (38 South Winooski Avenue,
Burlington). Burial to follow at a later date in New Haven, Conn. In
lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice in
Jean's memory. Funeral arrangements by Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home,