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Camille Crowell Townsend Endowed Scholarship in Nursing

The following biography was written at the time of this scholarship establishment; some information may not be up to date:

Camille Crowell Townsend is a graduate of Woman’s College (now UNC Greensboro) with an associate degree in applied science (AAS) in nursing, a degree which afforded her a career in healthcare for more than 40 years. The AAS program was mandated by the state of North Carolina to quickly educate and train nurses to abate the then critical shortage of registered nurses in the state.

In Mrs. Townsend’s words, “It was a challenging and rather intense two years of training. At that time, UNCG did not have a bachelor of science program for nursing so transitioning from a registered nurse (RN) to a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) was not an easy path for the career nurse working in the Greensboro area. Today that is not the case, as the UNCG School of Nursing promotes many opportunities for nursing students and working nurses who seek advanced degrees.”

“I am proud that fifty years after I graduated I am able to help, in part, another nurse or health care professional attain an advanced degree in nursing, particularly the RN to BSN program, by endowing the Camille Crowell Townsend Scholarship in Nursing. It is a privilege to give back to the University that educated me so many years ago and to become a charter member of the Eloise R. Lewis Legacy Society in Nursing as a statement to Dr. Lewis who pioneered the BS Nursing School at UNCG and helped it to become the center of excellence that it is today.”

Mrs. Townsend has been married for 44 years to Dr. Murphy F. Townsend and has two stepsons, Dr. Murphy F. Townsend III, a urologist in Marietta, GA and Philip B. Townsend, senior vice president of sales and training for Seven Point 2.

Dr. and Mrs. Townsend love traveling and have had many memorable trips, especially to Africa where they have been on safari three times.

Mrs. Townsend is active in many charitable endeavors. She has served on the boards of Greensboro Sports Council, earlier.org, UNCG Nursing Advisory Board, Lands End Homeowners Association, past president of the American Cancer Society (Greensboro Chapter), Greater Greensboro Society of Medicine Alliance, the Medical Society/Alliance Endowment Fund, and the Guilford Medical/Dental Managers Association. Other volunteer activities include Tournament Host Committee of Greensboro, Ruling Elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, coordinator position for Hot Dish and Hope, and Step Up Ministry in the First Presbyterian Church.

Camille Townsend’s favorite quote: “This above all… to thine own self be true.” (Shakespeare)

Donor’s words of advice for nursing students: “Nursing is an honorable profession and will serve you well. Be true in your endeavor to provide excellent healthcare in this community or wherever your career leads you.”

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