Supporting Future Nurses

photo of Judith and Lloyd Ganton

Photo credit: Rick Smith

icon of a calendarAugust 5th, 2019

icon of a pencilBy Jennifer Hogan

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Oakland University alumna Judith L. Ganton, SON ’78, is on a mission.

Throughout her career, Ganton has focused on optimal patient care. “OU was
instrumental in changing my life,” says Ganton. “I was 30 years-old when I started
college. During my second year, the School of Nursing (SON) was created, and I was
thrilled to get into their program.”

Ganton helped set standards for the SON. She designed the pin that is still used at the
traditional pinning ceremony. She was also instrumental in establishing the OU chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing.

“A commitment to education and patients was emphasized,” says Ganton. “Faculty prepared us for these careers in a thoughtful way.”

Today, Ganton continues her commitment to OU. She and husband Lloyd made a gift to
create the Judith Colson Ganton Healing Garden. Recently, Ganton delivered the keynote address at the December 2018 commencement ceremony. Lloyd Ganton marked the occasion by creating a $25,000 scholarship in his wife’s name. The Judith L. Ganton Nursing Scholarship will support students enrolled in an undergraduate nursing degree program, including the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Accelerated Second Degree BSN, and RN to BSN programs.

The Gantons have dedicated more than 50 years to the care of others. They own Ganton Retirement Centers in Spring Arbor, Michigan. Judith still uses the principles she learned at OU. “My goal was, and still is, to make a positive difference in our residents’ lives,” she says.

“I remind our nurses that good care begins with a kind word, a smile and a visit. We treat our residents like family,” she says.

The Gantons enjoy spending time with their 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. They remain active in many charitable organizations and their church. For Judith, however, OU will always have a top place in her heart.

“OU has been an important part of my life. The education I received created many opportunities.”

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