Former Nursing Professor Millonig Passes Away

Posted: February 1, 2011 at 1:04 am, Last Updated: January 31, 2011 at 9:00 pm

By Aisha Jamil

Virginia Ann “Ginger” Millonig, a former professor of nursing, passed away on Monday, Jan. 17. She was 76.

Millonig joined Mason in the spring of 1975 and became a tenured professor, according to Marlene Cianci, retired professor of nursing. When Millonig joined the Department of Nursing, which was established in 1973, there were only a handful of faculty members. She served at Mason until 1988.

“From my experience serving with her on faculty and on several projects, I observed her to be always very professional, intelligent and supportive of her colleagues,” Cianci says.

“She was one of the few faculty members who maintained a faculty clinical nurse practice in pediatrics while serving full-time on the George Mason nursing faculty. She exemplified professional nursing.”

According to an obituary in the Washington Post, Millonig was born in Rockford, Ill., on May 23, 1934. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Marquette University, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of California and a doctorate in education from the University of Maryland.

She served as the president for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and also created the Health Leadership Associates, a certification review company that prepared nurses and practitioners for certification. She was also an author of many books in her field.

Millonig is survived by her children, Bridget Jones-Guerra, Mary Riddlemoser and Martha Pounsberry; eight grandchildren; a brother, Jack Layng; and a sister, Maryellen Haithcock.

A memorial service for Millonig was held at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Freeport, Ill., on Jan. 22.

The family requests that those who wish to remember Millonig make contributions to the National Parkinson Foundation.

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