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Estate gift supports school's legacy of nursing education

Lorraine TroopLorraine TroopLorraine Troop, BS ‘40

While Lorraine Troop, 1940 School of Nursing graduate, passed away in November 2010, her generosity will have a lasting impact on the school through the gift of her estate. Troop, who grew up in the Queen Anne neighborhood, devoted her life to nursing and the patients she served and that devotion continues through the funds established by her bequest.

As a student in one of the first nursing classes at the University of Washington, Troop developed an interest in anesthesiology. She pursued additional education in Ohio and at Yale University, and worked at hospitals in Ohio, Connecticut and Hawaii.  Lorraine told her friends and associate how much she  treasured her time at the UW,  noting that her UW education helped her understand how best to customize each patient’s treatment to address their specific health issues. Following her marriage in 1952, Troop and her husband moved back to the Northwest, where she worked at Ballard Hospital (now Swedish) from 1963-1980. Troop maintained her ties with the UW School of Nursing and her classmates.  A loyal annual donor to the School, Troop also established a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) as well as leaving the rest of her estate to the School in her will.

 Harborview 1940 class, Troop is the second from the right on the bottom row.

Every day at the University of Washington, bequests like these help transform the lives of our students, support excellent faculty and promising research, and enhance the public service the UW provides to the community. Here in the School of Nursing, Troop’s bequest of over a million dollars will be split between two funds established through her CGA, a scholarship fund for nursing students and an excellence fund dedicated to supporting and enhancing educational, research and public service programs for students and faculty.  Her devotion to nursing will be remembered through the generosity of this gift and the lasting impact it will have on the lives of future nursing students and the patients and communities they serve.

To learn more about planned giving opportunities and to find out how you can make an impact, please visit the UW Planned Giving Office:, or contact Phillippa Kassover at, or Chris Miller at, or call them at 206-543-3019.