For immediate release: March. 20, 2007

GALVESTON, Texas - The city of Galveston has proclaimed March 23, 2007, "Grace Decker Day" in honor of the longest living graduate of the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. The proclamation coincides with the school's Homecoming activities, March 22-24. Decker graduated from the School of Nursing in 1929. She is 104 years old.

The School of Nursing Alumni Association presented Decker with the proclamation on March 15 in a ceremony at the Edgewater Methodist Nursing Home in Galveston.

Homecoming activities are being held at Moody Gardens. Highlights include honoring the class of 1957, hosted by alumnae Kitty Janiga and Joyce Maxwell and the induction of two alumnae into the alumni association's Hall of Fame. Inductees are Janet Campbell, class of 1992, and Kathy Nash, classes of 1991 and 2003. Carolyn Nelson-Becker, class of 1989, will receive the Betty Lee Evans Nursing Excellence Award. The President's Alumnus Award will be presented to Nancy Hooser Gilman, class of 1974.

Lydia Biegert, class of 1947, will be honored for her service following the explosion of the French vessel Grandcamp in Texas City in 1947.
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
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Galveston, Texas 77555-0144