Dr. Luther Christman
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Christman, Dr. Luther Parmalee Age 96, of Chapel Hill, Tennessee, died Tuesday, June 7, 2011 in Nashville, TN. Mr. Christman was born in Summit Hill, PA and was a son of the late Elmer and Elizabeth Barnicoat Christman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Mary Black Christman who died in 2003, and by a granddaughter, Mary Lee Christman. Dr. Christman was a fellow of the Academy of Nursing and was considered an innovator of new models for nursing practice and training regimens. He favored baccalaureate and graduate education for nurses, primary care, nurse autonomy in practice, and clinical expertise and accountability. In 2004, he was inducted into the American Nurses Association's Hall of Fame. In '07, the American Nurses Assn. began awarding a Luther Christman award to those who have furthered the cause of men in nursing. Dr. Christman is survived by daughters, Judi Kinney and husband, Tom Kinney, McFarland, WI, Lillian Christman and husband, Hank Blakely, Reston, VA; son, Gary Christman; grandchildren, Kelly Kinney and friend, Darren Feller, Lindsey Kinney and husband, Seth Hartwick, Nicholas Blakely; great grandchildren, Bruce Paul Kinney Hartwick and Crystal Powell; four great great grandchildren; caregivers, Cindy Burkett, Rhonda Dalton West, Margie Cheek, Sandy Shultz, Brittney Dalton, Annie Kelley, Megan Quann and Markela Cashion. Visitation will be Thursday, June 9, 2011 from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Lawrence Funeral Home. A Celebration of the Life of Mr. Christman will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 10, 2011 from the chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home with Ed Halloran speaking. Burial will follow in Swanson Cemetery in Chapel Hill. Memorial Donations may be made to the Monroe Carrell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN or a charity of your choice. LAWRENCE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, Chapel Hill, TN, 931-364-2233 (www.lawrencefuneral.net).

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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Jun. 9, 2011.
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June 18, 2011
Our prayers of sincere condolences are sent to the Christman Family. Thank You Dr. Christman for your leadership and vision.
Kahlil Demonbreun
June 11, 2011
My heartfelt condolences to your family in this great loss. I was lucky enough to have lunch with Dr. Christman one day when I was a mere BSN student at Rush. He instilled a vision in me- in that short visit- that has inspired me for a lifetime. His impact on the field of Nursing and the care of patients is historically monumental. He was a great man whose shoes cannot be filled. Blessings to all of you.
Jeanie Schmidt
June 9, 2011
Dr. Christman was an innovative force that forever changed the profession of nursing.
Keith Bradkowski
June 9, 2011
Gary,may god bless you and your family
John & Maxine Mays
June 9, 2011
I worked at Rush when Dr. Christman was there and I am profoundly grateful for his leadership and vison. Prayer to his family. He affected many many nurses and thereby, their patients. A true visionary.
Melissa Colombo
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