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Ruth Porter Caggins

Ruth Porter Caggins, American nursing educator. Recipient Teaching Excellence award, National Institute Staff and Organizational Development, 1992-1993, 1995-1996, 1996-1997; grantee, Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University, 1994-1995, 1996-1997.


  • Caggins, Ruth Porter was born on July 11, 1945. Daughter of Henry Chapelle and Corinne Sadie (Baines) Porter.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Dillard University, New Orleans, 1967. Master of Arts, New York University, 1973. Doctor of Philosophy, Texas Woman's University, 1992.


    • Staff nurse Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, 1968—1970, head nurse, 1970—1972. Nurse clinician Metropolitan Hospital, New York City, 1973—1974, clinical supervisor, 1974—1976. Assistant professor University Southern Louisiana, Lafayette, 1976—1978.

      Associate professor Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University College Nursing, Houston, since 1986. Appointed project dir.LIFT Center.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Active The Links Inc., Houston, since 1982, National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer, Houston, Family and Community Violence Prevention. Family life center director Prairie View AUM University College Nursing. Active Pine Oak Cornerstone Baptist Church.

    Board directors Houston Achievement Place. Member of American Nurses Association (clinical ethnic/racial minority fellow 1989-1992, post doctoral proposal development program 1995), Association Black Nursing Faculty in Higher Education (Dissertation award 1990), A.K. Rice Institute (associate Central States Center, Texas Center), National Black Nurses Association, Chi Eta Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Theta Tau.



    Singing, sewing, travel, aerobics, writing.


    • Married Don Randolph Caggins, July 1, 1978. Children: Elva Rene, Don Randolph Junior, Myles Thomas Chapelle.
    • father: Henry Chapelle Porter
    • mother: Corinne Sadie (Baines) Porter
    • spouse: Don Randolph Caggins
    • children: Elva Rene Caggins
    • Don Randolph Junior Caggins
    • Myles Thomas Chapelle Caggins
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    Born July 11, 1945
    (age 72)