Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2014-04-14

Former Samford University nursing dean Martha Bishop Hearn died March 31, 2014.  She was 85.

Hearn joined the faculty of Samford's Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing in 1973 and served as dean from 1977 to 1986.

She had earlier worked with the Jefferson County Health Department and taught community health at the University of Alabama School of Nursing. 

A funeral service celebrating her life was held April 3 in Birmingham.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.