Kay Janice Green, B.S.N., Memorial Scholarship
Hans Green—son of the late Kay Janice Green (B.S.N., 1955)—recalls his mother knew exactly what she wanted to do when it came to deciding her career path. Born and raised in Northeast Iowa, Kay made the decision to attend the University of Iowa (UI) to pursue a nursing degree and subsequently joined the UI faculty.
Hans’ father—the late Edward Green (M.D., 1957)—also attended the University of Iowa. His parents began dating at Iowa while his father was completing his surgery residency and his mother was teaching in the School of Nursing.
When Kay passed away in 2009, Edward established the Kay Janice Green, B.S.N., Memorial Scholarship. Hans shared it was fitting to support students in need of financial assistance because both of his parents were once in a similar position.
“My parents had a real connection with the University of Iowa and grew up in families that didn’t have a lot of money,” said Hans. “My dad worked his way through college and my mom largely did as well. They understood the difficulties of covering education expenses.”
Most of Kay and Edward’s professional lives were spent in California, but they returned to Jefferson, Iowa, for three years in 1977 where Kay worked as a home health nurse.
Kay was a loving wife and mother with a strong spirit of volunteerism. She enjoyed teaching and had a special appreciation for the natural world. Her family and friends remember her for her vibrant spirit and infectious positive outlook.
Congratulations on receiving the Kay Janice Green, B.S.N., Memorial Scholarship