Obituary for Kathryn Elaine Hoehn Anderson

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Kathryn Elaine Hoehn Anderson

July 3, 1947 - October 25, 2018

Kathryn Elaine Hoehn Anderson

July 3, 1947 – October 25, 2018

Kathryn Elaine Hoehn Anderson, PhD, departed this life on October 25, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Born July 3, 1947 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, she is preceded in death by her parents–Armond A. and Helen (Lang) Hoehn, grandparents–Gerhard and Theodora (Bremel) Hoehn and Carl P. and Johanna (Kuhlmann) Lang, and partner John Toles (of Bonnyrigg, Scotland). She is survived by daughter Sara (James) Russell of Highlands Ranch, Colorado and son David (Jennifer) Anderson of Lake Forest, Illinois, sisters Deanna (Scott) McBroom and Barbara (Steven) Hillmer, uncles David (Gloria) Hoehn and Donald (Eileen) Hoehn, five grandchildren, three nieces, two nephews, and five great-nieces/nephews.

Dr. Anderson, PhD, ARNP, PMHCNS-BC, LMFT was an internationally recognized expert in family and psychiatric nursing.  Prepared as an Advanced Practice Nurse in psychiatric-mental health and a family therapist, Dr. Anderson was licensed as an ARNP in Psych-Mental Health and as a MFT therapist. Her clinical specialties were in psych-mental health and family nursing. She was honored in 2014 as a NIMHD Scholar by the International Family Nursing Association and received the national Outstanding Educator Award in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from the American Psychiatric Nursing Association in 2007. Dr. Anderson was the developer of the family nursing theory, Family Health Systems Approach, used as foundational for health departments, texts, and in student dissertations and theses. She presented her research nationally and internationally, was widely published in peer-reviewed journals, and served as a consultant for family nursing practice nationally and internationally.

For the last nine years, Dr. Anderson was a Professor of Nursing and Director of the Center for Nursing Scholarship and Research at the School of Nursing-Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, three Masters’ degrees-in Counseling and Guidance with an emphasis in Mental Health and Chemical Dependency and in Marriage and Family Therapy from University of Wisconsin-Stout, and in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from the University of Minnesota, and her PhD in Nursing and Family Science from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Anderson completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Washington-Seattle focused on Family Interaction Research.

Previously a roster faculty member at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Florida International University in Miami, Dr. Anderson also taught at University of Minnesota, University of Washington, and Miami-Dade College in nursing and at University of Wisconsin-Stout in marriage and family supervision. She was a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the International Family Nursing Association, American Psychiatric Nursing Association, Southern Nursing Research Society, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy-Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor, and the American Nursing Association.

Dr. Anderson was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIMHD; 2005-2013) for the Minority Health International Research Training Program, since 2010 at Georgia Southern University. The program provided minority students, enrolled in health-related majors, the opportunity to study abroad and to participate in international research on decreasing health disparities in vulnerable minority families and populations with chronic conditions during a summer semester in Germany, Thailand, Austria, or Italy. She was recently funded by APNF for conducting focus group meetings with couples experiencing breast cancer in order to examine ethnic minority needs and the relationship of depression and couple relationship quality. Dr. Anderson also received NSRA funding from NINR for both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships, North Wisconsin AHEC funding, and university funding throughout her career. She also received funding from GSU’s Rural Health Institute for a project to test the feasibility of an education program for couples dealing with breast cancer. Dr. Anderson was also a reviewer for several national and international peer-reviewed journals.

Her family remembers her for a fierce dedication to her family, for her love and support, and for her warmth and caring nature. A Celebration of Life service will be held to remember Dr. Kathryn Anderson on January 19, 2019 at 3:00pm at Providence Baptist Church, 971 Seven Farms Drive, Charleston, SC. Condolences may be sent to the family in care of: Ms. Deanna McBroom, 3 Casa Bianca Drive, Charleston, SC 29407. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the International Family Nursing Association in memory of and designated to the “Dr. Kathryn Anderson Student Travel Fund” at Students chosen for the award will receive funding to attend national/international IFNA nursing conferences.


A Celebration of Life service will be held to remember Dr. Kathryn Anderson on January 19, 2019 at 3:00pm at Providence Baptist Church, 971 Seven Farms Drive, Charleston, SC.

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Marie-Luise Friedemann posted on November 20, 2018

Experiencing the pain of having lost one of my best friends, I can only imagine the sorrow you family members must suffer. Even though separated by many miles, Kathy has lived with you every day. I was privileged to participate in the growth and development of her grandchildren through photos and videos and to sense the deep love she had for all of you. I miss Kathy greatly and know that you do too. She was such a warm and supportive person who listened to her relatives’, friends’, students’ and colleagues’ joys and worries and was part of each of their lives. I am grieving with you all and wish you the strength to carry on while keeping Kathy deep in your hearts.

Barbara Levy posted on November 19, 2018

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Barbara Levy posted on November 19, 2018

Thoughts and prayers to Dr Anderson’s family. She truly loved teaching her students and watching them grow. I was fortunate to have Dr ANDERSON for my MSN in Psych- Mental Health when she taught at FIU . During the program she took great proud is showing us pictures of her children and grandchildren. And it was those pictures that made her smile. Again my thoughts and prayers and thanks for sharing her with the rest of us.

Marcia Lawrence posted on November 18, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of Kathy's passing. She has been a dear friend for almost 20 years. May she rest in peace.

Nancy Johnson Bugni posted on November 13, 2018

God bless you, Eau Claire Memorial Old Abe classmate. You challenged your students to excel and to be compassionate!


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