A memorial will be held for June I. Watt, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Associate Emeritus Professor of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, on Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. at Judson Park (2181 Ambleside Rd. Cleveland). Watt died July 4.
Born June 23, 1918, Watt received her master’s degree in psychiatric-mental health nursing from New York University. She was ahead of her time in the clinical setting for psychiatric-mental health nursing, and she was a nursing school faculty member for 25 years. In July 1971, she began a joint appointment as chair of the psychiatric nursing clinical faculty in the nursing school and as the director-chairman of psychiatric nursing at University Hospitals Hanna Pavilion (which was during the time part of the “Experiment in Nursing,” when nursing faculty members first served as academic leaders for nursing in both the educational and clinical arenas). For her dedication, she later became an honorary alumna of the nursing school. An excellent therapist, Watt served on many community boards including the Mental Health Association task force and was a member of ANA, NLN and the Ohio League of Nursing. Read more from The Daily.