UA Capstone College of Nursing mourns passing of Dr. Marietta Stanton

Headshot, Dr. Marietta Stanton

Marietta Stanton, PhD, RN, CNAA, BC, CMAC, CCM, CNL, a dedicated nurse, decorated veteran, nurse educator, researcher and administrator, passed away in her home on January 2, 2019.

Dr. Stanton spent the early years of her nursing career in service to our country. Commissioned as a Captain in the U.S. Army in 1977, she served at several military hospitals including the Walter Reed Medical Center. She came to Tuscaloosa in 1999 as Commander of the 75th Combat Support Hospital, and retired at the rank of Colonel. Dr. Stanton is the recipient of a number of military awards and honors, including the Legion of Merit.

During her time at CCN, Dr. Stanton celebrated much success, and was instrumental in the implementation of the school’s graduate programs. She played a primary role in both the Joint Doctor of Nursing Practice program with UAH and UAB, and the Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership for Nurse Educators program in collaboration with UA’s College of Education.

“Her journey was not without challenges. For example, in March 2004, she was called to active duty to develop a nationwide case management model. At that time she was one of only five regional coordinators who developed and implemented this service. Not only did Dr. Stanton persevere over the challenges of balancing university service with military service as a reservist, she catapulted the College of Nursing forward since the very beginning of her time here,” said Dr. Alice March, CCN faculty member.

Described as an educator who empowered students to soar to new heights, Dr. Stanton made a powerful impact on nursing and nursing education at state, national and international levels.

“Dr. Stanton was a wonderful friend, colleague, professor, and mentor. Dr. Stanton’s enduring legacy at The Capstone College of Nursing is her longstanding dedication to advancing the nursing profession and nursing education,” said Abby Horton, a former student of Dr. Stanton’s, and faculty member at CCN. “She was a role model to us all, a shining example of servant leadership, and a champion of student-learners. Her absence at CCN is felt every day and her work here will not be soon forgotten.”

Her practice and research addresses three primary areas: case management, nurse veterans, and nursing practice and education. Dr. Stanton’s expertise in these areas is demonstrated through her extensive body of scientific publications and contributions to books. She had more than 40 years of experience conducting large scale, collaborative training and research projects in civilian and military health care systems.

Dr. Stanton’s most recent research focused on post-traumatic stress, depression, and other psychological disorders. She is recognized for developing a case management model to provide support for returning reservist soldiers that has been implemented nationwide.

Dr. Stanton is survived by her husband, Francis Xavier Meehan, children, Daniel James Huben (Kelly), Stephanie Laurie Vogel (James), Meagan Meehan, Sean Meehan, and Brendan Meehan, grandchildren, James and Patrick Vogel, Kortney Bennett, and Austyn, Huxley and Kyndall Meehan, sisters Gina Francabandiero-Frodl (Richard) and Kathleen Francabandiero, brother Patrick Michael Francabandiero (Kim), and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the Capstone College of Nursing on January 29, 2019 at 6 p.m. A reception will follow, and the public is welcome.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Marietta Stanton Graduate Nursing Endowed Scholarship Fund. Dr. Stanton created this fund to benefit graduate nursing students from this geographical area with a second priority going to undergraduate nursing students. For those who knew her best, you know that she loved her students deeply. To make a gift, please click here to give online, or contact Anita Hamlett, CCN Director of Development at (205) 348-9876.