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Mary Christine Talmadge

Mary Christine Talmadge, American nursing educator administrator. Registered Nurse; certified Family Life Education. Recipient Community Service award African-American Caucus, Georgia Southern University, 1993.


  • Talmadge, Mary Christine was born on November 6, 1940 in Monticello, Georgia, United States. Daughter of Herbert Pope and Margaret (Allen) Talmadge.

  • Education

    • Diploma, Crawford W. Long Hospital School of Nursing, Atlanta, 1961. Bachelor of science in nursing, University Dayton, 1966. Master in Public Health, University Hawaii, 1971.

      Doctor of Philosophy, University Hawaii, 1989.


    • Staff charge nurse Crawford W. Long Hospital, Atlanta, 1961-1962. Instructor Licensed Practical Nurse program Dayton (Ohio) Board Education, 1963-1966. Instructor Miami Valley Hospital School of Nursing, Dayton, 1967-1969.

      Clinical nurse specialist Hawaii State Hospital, Kaneohe, 1970-1977, director nursing, 1978-1980. Administrative assistant to director health Hawaii State Department of Health, Honolulu, 1977-1978. Clinical nurse specialist Windward Community Counseling Center, Kaneohe, 1980-1983.

      Assistant professor University Hawaii, 1983-1985. Associate professor Hawaii Loa College, Kaneohe, 1987-1989. Associate professor, acting department head Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, 1990-1993.

      Professor, chair department nursing California State University, Long Beach, 1993—2001. Consultant Tokyo Women's Medical College School of Nursing, 1988-1990. Local and international healthcare orgns, charter member, National Womens History Museum, president Altrusa International Statesbores Georgia, 2008-2009, since 2009, member, Nature Conservatory, Restored Family Farm, National Registry Historic Homes.

    Major achievements

    • Registered Nurse; certified Family Life Education.


    Every human being regardless of its race, gender or sexual orientation should have all human and civil rights.

    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Salvation requires work. It can only be accomplished through effort, and this is what the Gospel is all about.

    Denomination: Methodist


    The strong feature of Methodism is the role of local people take for the fabric of church buildings and manses and for the handling of money. They share with ordained ministers the role of setting direction for the churches in a particular area or 'circuit'.


    Secretary, member Governor's Commission on Mental Health and Criminal Justice, Honolulu, 1978-1980. Member, chairman Windward Oahu Service Area Board on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Honolulu, 1985-1986. Candidate Neighborhood Board Kaneohe, 1988.

    Board directors New Beginnings for Children. Chair nursing task force, health committee Statesboro Chamber of Commerce. Member National League Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Kappa Phi (faculty 1995) Georgia Trust History Preservation, National Trust History Preservation, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, Smithsonian Institution contributing member, Humane Society, National Parks Conservation Association, National Audubon Society.



    Breeder and handler of miniature schnauzers.


    • Married Larry Benson, August 10, 1962 (divorced 1975).
    • father: Herbert Pope Talmadge
    • mother: Margaret (Allen) Talmadge
    • spouse: Larry Benson
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    Born November 6, 1940