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Fond Farewell: Retired Nursing Professor Beverly Jenkins

Stars shine above Trinity Hall.
Jason Halley / University Photographer

Retired professor Beverly Jenkins who taught nursing on campus for 22 years, passed away May 19. She was 90.

Born October 11, 1931, she was hired at Chico State in 1970 and would spend more than two decades teaching nursing skills, theory, professional ethics, legal issues, and communication to beginning students and mental health nursing to seniors.

Colleagues shared that she was known for her compassion, empathy, and support of students.

“I remember her as a person of integrity who was devoted to her mission,” said Professor Emerita Mary Memmer. “She seemed to be well-liked and respected by students, clinical staff, and her colleagues.”

Professor Emerita Gwin Richter still remembers being welcomed to the School of Nursing by Jenkins as a new instructor. She describes her as helpful, considerate, and kind, and said they developed a friendship over their years working together before Jenkins retired in 1992.

She is survived by her children, Bonnie Mallory, Marc Jenkins, and Mike Jenkins. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Chico State’s School of Nursing.

The University flag will be lowered Tuesday, July 5, in her memory.