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BARRELL, LORNA

BARRELL, LORNA

BARRELL, Dr. Lorna K., age 83, of Richmond, died at her home peacefully Tuesday, September 16, 2014. She was the daughter of Glenn and Geneva Mill of Sioux City, Iowa. Her parents and husband, Robert P. Barrell, predeceased her. Her sister, Jo Mill Molitor and her husband, Alvin; nine nieces and nephews, 12 great-nieces and nephews and six great-great-nieces and nephews, survive her. Dr. Barrell had a long and successful career and was most proud of the leadership roles she played in advancing the professionalism of psychiatric/mental health nursing. She began her nursing career with a degree from Broadlawns General Hospital in Iowa and went on to earn both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Nursing Education. Lorna received a doctorate in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Illinois in 1970. Her early career included work at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Downey, Illinois, where she met a staff psychologist, Robert Barrell, who always saved a place for her in the dining room at lunchtime. Lorna taught at the University of Illinois, College of Nursing until the mid 1970s, when she took a position at the Medical College of Virginia. There, she served as the Chairman of the Department of Nursing Systems, Community and Psychiatric Health. Lorna authored a number of articles that were published in professional journals regarding psychiatric nursing and community mental health. Of all professional duties and accomplishments, Dr. Barrell said teaching was by far her favorite and most fulfilling. When Dr. Barrell retired in 1996, her commitment to the profession of psychiatric nursing continued with a number of activities, including the establishment of the Legacy Lecture in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing at the VCU School of Nursing. In lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Legacy Lecture Fund in Dr. Barrell's name (please note Dr. Lorna Barrell's name and the fund name when giving) at: www.nursing.vcu.edu/alumni/makeagift.html. This fund supports Lorna's life long passion of improving psychiatric mental health care. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Dr. Barrell will be held Saturday, September 20, at 10 a.m. at Second Presbyterian Church Richmond, Va.

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