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Dr. Maryanne Roehm

November 29, 1925 ~ June 19, 2022 (age 96)


Dr. Maryanne Roehm, 96, lifelong resident of Vigo County, Dean Emerita ISU School of Nursing and Professor Emerita of Nursing, passed June19, 2022 at her residence in Westminster Village.  She was born November 29, 1925 to Herbert and Fern (Lathrop) Evans.  She is survived by nieces and nephews Nancy Cone, Randy Evans, Connie Harden, Debbie Lazzell, Dorothy Smith, Annette Johnson, Don Garvin, Rob Roehm, Joanne Clouse, Tom Roehm, Anne DeCamp. Nancy Archer, Ruth Ann Pleus, Jerry Hauer, Jeanette Dunsford, Richard, Steve, and  Mike Lidster, Helen Boyer, Susan Shaw, Margie McCain, George Roehm, II, and special friend Shinbo Sugiuri.  She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers Ned Evans and Kenneth Evans.  A memorial may be announced at a later date.  Memorial contributions can be directed to the Maryanne Evans Roehm Endowment, ISU Foundation, 30 N. 5th St. Terre Haute, IN 47802. 

All her life she excelled in everything she chose to do:  4-H, music, theater, athletics, nursing school, college (4 degrees), nursing education and nursing administration.  She was active in Red Cross, Hospice, Vigo County Home Advisory Committee, Mental Health, Church, Civil Defense, Honey Creek School Alumni, Union Hospital School of Nursing Alumni, and other professional organizations.  She was an A #1 hostess and loved to host parties for relatives, students, faculty, neighbors, and friends.  She said that her millennium party was an extravaganza of dazzling fireworks, spectacular entertainment, education, culture, revelry, merry -making, construction of a time capsule, and serving salmon flown in from Alaska.  She loved Marco Island and went as often as possible.  She was baptized at First Baptist Church in 1932 when she was six years old; she holds the record for being one of the oldest church members.  She received a Purdue scholarship, attended a national convention of the Junior American Red Cross in Washington, D.C., attended an International Livestock Exhibition in Chicago, was drum majorette at Honey Creek’s first performance in ISU’s Homecoming, was a yell leader, ranked second in Honey Creek graduation Class of 1943, was a nursing student when the train wreck occurred in Terre Haute, won the Comb’s Award for highest scholarship at Union Hospital School of Nursing, and was on faculty at Union  and St. Anthony Hospital Schools of Nursing, and participated in numerous faculty committees at ISU School of Nursing.  In 1991 she was named Outstanding Honey Creek High School Graduate; initiated and developed the Continuing Education Program in Nursing in 1970, received accreditation of the CE Program as well as the Associate and Baccalaureate Programs, became dean of nursing school in 1977, loved the St. Louis Cardinals, Larry Bird, Peyton Manning, and Jeff Gordon; was a member of the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian, and Williamsburg Foundations.  She achieved much during her deanship and was loved by student as shown by the tribute paid to her at the 50th anniversary of the School.  She received a diploma from Union Hospital School of Nursing, a BSN and MS from Indiana State Teachers College, and a MSNE and ED.D from Indiana University.  She taught and administered at Union Hospital School of Nursing from 1946-1955 and was assistant and associate director of education at St. Anthony Hospital School of Nursing from 1957 to 1964 before starting at Indiana State University as an assistant professor in 1966.  She served as Dean of the School of Nursing from 1977 to 1991.  While Dean she implemented a baccalaureate program with the exit Associate Degree option, planned and implemented a Master’s Degree program with a major in nursing established, established a cooperative program MS/MBA with the School of Business, reorganized the school into departments and received millions of dollars in funding.  She was very active and successful in her nursing career at the local, state, and national levels.  She served as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Fund Development for the School of Nursing from 1991-1993.  She married Joseph Roehm in 1947 soon after passing her State Board Exam.  She became vice-president of Joe Roehm Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Service and remained in that position until Joe’s retirement. 

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