Vivian Rose Gedaly-Duff, 63, passed away at her home in Portland, OR on Sept. 6, 2012 after a four-year battle with breast cancer. She had been a member of NCFR since 1992 and an active member of the Families and Health Section. She taught in the School of Nursing at the University of Portland for four years, and for the past 29 years she was on the faculty of the School of Nursing at Oregon Health and Sciences University teaching Child and Family Nursing. Post-Doctoral studies led to a federally funded research grant to focus on children with cancer, and how they and their families are able to cope with the illness. She presented her research at numerous conferences nationally and internationally, and in professional journals. Vivian is also a co-editor on multiple editions of the most widely used text in family nursing. She greatly appreciated her colleagues at OHSU and elsewhere who supported her through the difficult period of her illness. She will be remembered by all who knew her. A memorial service for Vivian was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at the Chapel of Christ the Teacher on the campus of the University of Portland. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted by the schools of Nursing at Oregon Health and Sciences University and the University of Portland to assist student learning with scholarship support.
To send a note to the family or contribute to a memorial, contact Chris Tanner, RN, PhD, Interim Dean, School of Nursing, SN-ADM, Oregon Health & Science University, 3455 SW Veterans Hospital Road, Portland, OR 97239-2941. Read her complete opituary here.