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Roberta O. Watts

nursing educator

Roberta O. Watts, American nursing educator. Recipient Perinatal Health award State of Alabama, 1982, Continuing Education award Jacksonville Hospital, 1986, Primary Health Care Centers award DHHRS, 1978, Lamplighter award Colley Child Care Center, 1990, Vision award Etowah Quality of Life; USDHHR baccalaureate fellow, 1988, LBW College of Nursing faculty fellow, 1989.


Watts, Roberta O. was born on May 12, 1939 in Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States. Daughter of Walter and Jolly Jennie (Rollax) Ogletree.


Bachelor of Science, Tuskegee University, Alabama, 1961. Master in Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, 1969. Doctor of Education, University Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 1983.

Postdoctorate, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1991.


Staff nurse Veterans Hospital, Birmingham, Alabama, 1961-1962, Etowah County Health Department, Gadsden, 1962-1969. Assistant professor Jacksonville (Alabama) State University, 1969-1983, dean, professor, since 1983. Dean LBW College of Nursing, since 1983.

President, founder Etowah Quality of Life, Inc., Gadsden, Alabama, 1978-1985. President Colley Child Care Center, Gadsden, since 1978, Preferred Touch, Inc., Gadsden, since 1990. Project director Perinatal Project, Jacksonville, since 1978.


Christ died on the cross to give humans the promise of everlasting life, but this requires that each individual accepts Christ into his life and asks for forgiveness.


The belief in religious freedom and its corollary, the separation of the institutions of church and state, come from the commitment to the authority of the Bible.


The family is the basic human community through which persons are nurtured and sustained in mutual love, responsibility, respect, and fidelity.


Co-chair Alabama New South Coalition, Montgomery, since 1990. Allocation chair United Way, Gadsden, since 1989. Member All American City foundation, Gadsden, since 1991.

Member Hospice (practice council service 1990), Wisteria Club, Alpha Kappa Alpha (president 1982-1984, Hall of Fame 1990).


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Married Roger William Watts, August 4, 1961. Children: Roger William Junior, Roderick DeWayne.

Walter Ogletree

Jolly Jennie (Rollax) Ogletree

Roger William Watts

Roger William Junior Watts

Roderick DeWayne Watts