Vivian Dahl Trunnell Fund
Vivian Dahl Trunnell was born on Sept. 5, 1912, in Ellsworth, Iowa. When she was 10-years-old, she was hospitalized for a ruptured appendix. It was through that experience she because interested in becoming a nurse.
At the young age of 16, she applied for college—first attending St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and later transferring to the University of Iowa.
“Mom was a very, very bright lady,” said Susan Tagatz, Vivian’s daughter. “She always enjoyed a challenge, which is why I think she was attracted to the medical field.”
Not long after earning her R.N., Vivian met her future husband, Thomas L. Trunnell, M.D., who was attending medical school at Iowa. They became engaged but waited to marry until he was finished with his schooling.
While Tom remained in Iowa, Vivian moved to California to take classes at the University of California San Francisco. With not enough financial support to obtain a higher degree, Vivian returned to the Midwest. She accepted a job in Redwing, Minn. to teach at small nursing school.
When Tom completed medical school, the two married. As newlyweds, Tom worked on his residency in dermatology at the UI, and Vivian worked as a nurse with Dr. Miller at UI Student Health Services.
In 1942, the couple started a family, and Vivian made the decision to stay home to raise her three children in Waterloo, Iowa: Thomas N. Trunnell, M.D., Susan T. Tagatz, and Sharon T. Bonnet. Vivian remained active in her community, enjoyed gardening, and led a very busy social life until her death in 2004.
The late Vivian and Tom Trunnell made the thoughtful decision to establish the Vivian Dahl Trunnell Fund because they were motivated by the idea of helping future generations of nurses achieve their professional aspirations.
“Mom liked everybody and everything,” Susan recalled. “Establishing this fund was a wonderful way for my parents to give someone else the opportunity to finish or advance their education.”
Congratulations on receiving the Vivian Dahl Trunnell Fund