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UW School of Nursing announces Joanne and Bruce Montgomery as the 2013 Peter Dyer Heart of Nursing award winners


Date: April 29, 2013
Media Contact: Ashley Wiggin,, 206-221-2456

The UW School of Nursing is pleased to announce Joanne Montgomery, BSN ’77 and Bruce Montgomery, BS ’75, MD ’79 as the winners of the 2013 Peter Dyer Heart of Nursing award. The award is given each year at the annual Nurses Recognition Banquet, scheduled for May 8th 2013 at Benaroya Hall.

The Peter Dyer Heart of Nursing Award was created by alumna Sandy Dyer, BSN ’59, in memory of her husband Peter Dyer, to honor exemplary volunteers or community members who embody the mission and values of the UW School of Nursing. Peter and his wife Sandy generously supported and were passionate advocates for nursing education and research at UW. Sandy has continued her service on the UW School of Nursing Advisory Board.

Joanne and Bruce MontgomeryJoanne and Bruce MontgomeryJoanne and Bruce Montgomery have been invaluable UW School of Nursing volunteers, advocates and donors. A two-term School of Nursing Advisory board member, Joanne received her BSN from the UW School of Nursing in 1977 and worked as an intensive care and anesthesia recovery nurse for more than 20 years. She has been an active board member with local ARCS Foundation, successfully petitioning for the inclusion of nursing students in the foundation’s awarding of PhD fellowships, and with her husband, funding a fellowship that benefits graduate nursing students. Bruce, a pulmonologist and CEO of Cardeas Pharma, is also an UW alumnus, receiving both his chemistry degree and his doctorate in medicine from the UW.  Bruce has spent his career developing pharmaceutical drugs to ease the suffering of thousands, including those with cystic fibrosis and HIV. Bruce has been a dedicated supporter of Joanne’s work in nursing as well as a champion and close partner of the nurses who work with him in drug development and clinical trials.  This includes UW School of Nursing alumna, Tammy Abuan, BSN ‘76, who serves as the Senior Director of Clinical Development at Cardeas Pharma and is counted among Bruce’s closest collaborators.

Joanne and Bruce also generously funded the Joanne Montgomery Endowed Professorship in Nursing to support faculty who advance knowledge in critical care, respiratory and pulmonary nursing.  The professorship is currently held by Gail Kieckhefer Ph.D., an advanced practice nurse whose research into childhood asthma has resulted in enhanced education of nurses, physicians and other health care providers to improve treatment and interventions for asthma patients and their families.

Joanne and Bruce Montgomery will receive the award at the University of Washington School of Nursing Nurses Recognition Banquet on May 8th 2013, along with four nursing leadership award winners. The annual banquet celebrates the profession of nursing and acknowledges the many ways that nurses improve health and touch lives by honoring our community’s outstanding nurses and nursing leaders. To learn more about the event and register, please call 206-543-3019 or visit our website at


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