GRCC sends condolences to the family and friends of Margaret Bowles, who passed on Thursday, February 9.
Margaret was a nursing faculty member and program director who retired in 2012 after having served the College for 21 years. She also established the Margaret Bowles Scholarship Fund here at GRCC.
Shelly Richter, GRCC’s current Nursing Programs director, had this to say about Margaret:
For those of you who did not have the opportunity to know Margaret, she was a dedicated member of our department for many years. Margaret took on the director role for a few years, including leading us through an important accreditation.
Margaret was an avid traveler and I loved hearing her stories. She was ahead of her time, in that she was setting up house swaps with other people and in places like Scotland, well before Airbnb was even a thing.
Margaret also had some funny stories about her time in nursing school. Regardless of how many times I heard it (and I asked often), I would laugh every time she told me about the time she and a peer had a grand idea to be much more efficient with evening oral care. They would gather up all the patient’s dentures in one large bowl so as to be able to clean them all at once, instead of one at a time at each patient’s bedside. The plan, she would say, appeared to be working out well….until they had to return the dentures! 😉
As I’m writing this, I am laughing all over again, imagining 2 young nursing students attempting to determine to whom each set of dentures belonged.
Margaret was always intentional about inclusion and understood the value of diversity. She was a significant part of bringing transcultural nursing to our program and emphasizing our need to be more accessible and inclusive to others. I think she’d be grateful for our continued efforts, and I know she appreciated that even as a community college, GRCC’s nursing department has pushed to offer a study away opportunity to our students.
Whether you knew Margaret or not, life is short…enjoy all that it has to offer, especially the small things!