Alumni Spotlight – Dorothy Lee Daniels Williams

Dorothy joined the school of nursing faculty in 1974 and earned her MSN in 1976.  During her era,  the CON was located in the River’s Building. Dorothy was a member of the pediatrics team; teaching the pediatric theory course and pediatric clinical.   She was able to provide clinical experiences to students at the Lenoir Memorial Hospital (UNC Lenoir).  Dorothy had a passion for Pediatric Nursing and loved working with the students.

Joining her on the faculty in the early years, were Dr. Frances Eason & Dr. Alta Andrews.  Together they worked to develop the nursing curriculum.  Dorothy served as chair of curriculum committee for a term. She contributed her wisdom in faculty matters, sharing opinions that were clear, concise and on target.  She served her role with dignity & respect for students and others.

Dorothy displayed a strong commitment to teaching.  She worked at the School of Nursing for 27 years, retiring in 2001.  She retired prior to our relocation to the Health Science Campus.

Following retirement, Dorothy served on the advisory board to establish the Kinston Community Health Center (KCHC) in Kinston, N.C.  Initially, KCHC provided much needed dental care to the underinsured in Dorothy’s home town.  During her time on the board, services expanded to include: maternity Care, child care and primary care services for adults.

Dr. Sylvia Brown recognized Dorothy during a Black History month program; she was one of the African American Trailblazers for the College of Nursing.  During this recognition ceremony, Dorothy sent an inspirational message to our nursing students, which is displayed on first floor near the IT office”

“Your program here at ECU will be difficult, with challenges and rewards along the way.  Hard work will be a requirement.  You have chosen a challenging and rewarding career- a career choice with many doors.

At the completion of your program, all of these doors will be opened up to you.”

Mrs. Dorothy  Daniels Williams passed away on Dec. 27, 2022.   Her picture can be found on the Trailblazer Tribute Wall on second floor.

Thanks to Wendy Bridgers, Dr. Frances Eason and Sharon Mallette for the contents of this article.