Blood Drive Honors Beloved Professor

Published on Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

There is a compelling story behind the Second Annual Carol Walsh Memorial Blood Drive, to be held Wednesday, April 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Becker College, in the Boutin Student Center’s gymnasium, 44 West Street, Worcester.

The drive was instituted by faculty and students of the Becker College Nursing Program to honor former nursing professor Carol Walsh, who taught from 1983 to 2000. Ms. Walsh died of cancer in 2006.“During her cancer treatment, Carol needed a lot of blood,” said Professor Margaret McNeil. “My continuing gift in her memory is this Blood drive which I do annually. On the day of the Blood Drive, I ask those who knew her, and those who didn’t, to honor the memory of this great lady by donating blood. The entire day will be staffed by nursing faculty volunteers and of course, her beloved students.”

Professor McNeil explains the devotion for Walsh that lives on, “Carol contributed much to the nursing program over the years with serving as acting Director of Nursing, developing curriculum, and assisting me with starting the Nursing Club. The many nursing alumnae and faculty remember Carol well as an inspirational presence in the nursing program and for her contributions to the college at large.”

Personally, Professor McNeil says, “When I came here in 1988, Carol was a great mentor, colleague, and friend. In 2006, her cancer returned with a vengeance, and she died with dignity cared for by her beloved Becker nursing grads and surrounded by family, friends, and Becker faculty.”