UW School of Nursing mourns the passing of Rachel Suggs Pitts

It is with deep sadness to receive news that Ms. Rachel Suggs Pitts, BSN alumna of the University of Washington School of Nursing, passed away Sunday, April 4, 2021. She had celebrated her 99th birthday last June 13, 2020. Ms. Pitts was the last of the 13 African American registered nurses who founded the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization in 1949, the oldest known African American professional organization in the Pacific Northwest. Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences go out to Ms. Pitts’ family, friends, and the members of the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization.

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