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Dr. Louise Frances (Wailus) Suleiman, 87, died on Monday, April 3, 2017 in Kettering, OH.
A native of Auburn, Maine and the daughter of Thomas and Anna Wailus. Survived by her daughters, Ann Suleiman of Dayton, Ohio, Carolyn Suleiman; son-in-law Mervon Mehta; and grandson Zed of Toronto, ON, Canada.
Dr. Wailus started her nursing career in rehabilitation nursing on a full Federal Fellowship and completed her Bachelor, Master and Doctorate Degree in Higher Education Administration from Boston University. In 1979, she was appointed Associate Professor and Chair of the Associate Nursing Degree program at Indiana University Southeast. Her mission was to administer the change from Associate Degree to Bachelor's Degree in Nursing under the system-wide IU School of Nursing. During her tenure, she was appointed Dean of Nursing at the Southeast Campus. Dr. Wailus successfully completed the academic change allowing the first graduating class the opportunity to be eligible for membership in Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society in Nursing. She served as the Sigma Theta Tau campus Vice-President from 1980 until her retirement and subsequently received the Sigma Theta Tau Excellence in Leadership Award. Recognized as a leader in the nursing and health care field, Dr. Wailus was appointed by Congressman Lee H. Hamilton to serve as the Indiana 9th Congressional District Delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in 1995. Dr. Wailus was a member of the American Nurses' Association and lobbied for health care legislation. She served as Indiana State Nurses' Association President District #14. She was a member of the South-Central Council for Aging and the Aged Inc. and was awarded a Certificate of Recognition. An active community member, Dr. Wailus received numerous awards including; The Community Foundation Gold Leaf Award for Outstanding Volunteer at Indiana University Southeast Ogle Center; Indiana University School of Nursing Special Achievement Recognition Award for the State of Indiana, and Life Span Certificate of Appreciation for the Senior Angel Tree Satellite Project at Mount St. Francis. She was active in the IUS Choral Group and the Community Chorus. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, participating as a greeter coordinator, liturgy committee member, and member of the church choir.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Newcomer Funeral Home, 3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany. Funeral at 2 p.m. on Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, New Albany with entombment following at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests charitable donations to the Louise Wailus Suleiman Scholarship at IU Southeast. Please make donations payable to IU Foundation Wailus Suleiman Scholarship, Development Office, IU Southeast, 4201 Grant Line Road, New Albany, IN 47150
To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.NewcomerKentuckiana.com.
Published on April 5, 2017
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