Marguerite Cobb, MN, RN, started her profes­sional nursing career as a staff nurse with the Seattle/​King County Health Depart­ment Visiting Nurse Services in Seattle in 1949, and culmi­nated it as Assis­tant Professor Emeritus, Depart­ment of Commu­nity Health Care Systems at the Univer­sity of Washington in 1982. Between these touch stones of her profes­sional life, Marguerite has given gener­ously of her time, intel­lect, energy, compas­sion and humor in the broad field of Public Health and Commu­nity Health Nursing. She has given integrity and purpose to every job, no matter how small or prestigious.

Not only has she been an outstanding practi­tioner, but Marguerite has been an educator par excel­lence, having motivated many gener­a­tions of commu­nity nurses. She co-authored Commu­nity Health Nursing (Four Editions), which is a classic, and has served as a valuable, must read textbook for count­less numbers of college nursing students, field staff, including faculty across the county and abroad, as the text has been trans­lated into French and Spanish.

Professor Cobb is valued by students and co-workers as an acade­mi­cian, practi­tioner and advisor. As chair­person of the Depart­ment of Family and Commu­nity Nursing, she influ­enced the devel­op­ment of program content for Nursing Admin­is­tra­tion, Cross-Cultural Nursing, Transi­tion Services, and Family Nurse Practi­tioner. Today, the Univer­sity of Washington School of Nursing continues to be ranked by its peer insti­tu­tions of higher learning in the top five schools in the nation. Clearly, Marguerite left a legacy contributing to this high recog­ni­tion the School of Nursing continues to experience.

One of Professor Cobb’s strongest contri­bu­tions to the field of Public Health Nursing is the exten­sive list of former students who are now evolving as nursing and commu­nity leaders. She mentored and coached over 50 nursing students in their graduate work and thesis projects, along with count­less under­grad­uate students.

In addition to teaching in a univer­sity setting, Marguerite has provided leader­ship to confer­ences, workshops and insti­tutes, both locally and nation­ally. Her public health knowl­edge and experi­ence has enriched the work of count­less commit­tees, councils, task forces, and advisory groups at home in Washington State, in the North­west region, and in the nation. She has been a treasured colleague to the Seattle/​King County VNS, Commu­nity Home Health Care of King County, the Gover­nor’s Advisory Council for Compre­hen­sive Health Planning, the Washington/​Alaska Regional Medical Program, the American School Associ­a­tion, National League of Nursing, American Nurses Associ­a­tion, and the American Public Health Association.

Her presence as a WSNA leader began in 1970 and has carried on to the present. She has guided the Associ­a­tion as the WSNA Biennial Conven­tion Chair, Chair of the Planning Committee for Role Realign­ment Workshops, Platform Committee Chair, Secre­tary of the Board of Direc­tors, Member of the Execu­tive Committee, Member of the First Committee to Evaluate the WSNA Execu­tive Director, and Delegate to numerous WSNA and ANA Conventions.

Marguerite’s exten­sive list of Profes­sional Achieve­ments and Peer Recog­ni­tion consists of: American School Health Associ­a­tion, Fellow; American Public Health Associ­a­tion, Fellow; Alpha Tau Delta; Delta Kappa Gamma; Sigma Theta Tau; Public Health Nursing Training Grant; National Insti­tutes of Health; Site Evalu­a­tion and Peer Review for Contract National Health Service Corps; National Cancer Insti­tute; Citation for Years of Service from Seattle-King County VNS; the American Nurses Founda­tion; the Distin­guished Service Award; the American Public Health Associ­a­tion; Public Health Nursing Section; Pearl McIver Award for Public Health Nursing; the American Nurses Associ­a­tion; the Marguerite Cobb Public Health/​Community Health Nurse Award, the first named award by the WSNA (1987); Distin­guished Alumna of 1988 — Univer­sity of Washington School of Nursing Alumni Associ­a­tion; and the King County Nurses Associ­a­tion 1989 — Presi­den­tial Award.

Admired for her profes­sional achieve­ments, Marguerite is also cherished for the warm, humane and generous person that she is. She has worked prodi­giously and has made a differ­ence in the fields of public health, and nursing