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Memorial services set for School of Nursing Professor Emerita Marchusa N. Huff

Marchusa Huff
Marchusa Huff


September 26, 2012

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  • Diane Brown
    IU Communications
  • Sally Krause, IU School of Nursing
    317- 278-2048

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Memorial services for Marchusa N. Huff, associate professor emerita of the Indiana University School of Nursing, will take place this weekend. Huff, a longtime professor on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus, died Sept. 23 at the age of 70.

Visitation will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3243 N. Meridian St., in Indianapolis, with the funeral at noon Saturday, Sept. 29, at the church.

Huff served on the nursing school faculty for 40 years. Well-known and respected for her gift of teaching undergraduate students, Huff received a Trustee Teaching Award and five additional outstanding teaching honors. She came to the school in 1966 as an instructor and was promoted to assistant professor in 1969 and then to associate professor in 1975. She received her doctorate in 1998 from the IU School of Nursing.

“Professors like Dr. Marchusa Huff leave an indelible mark in the nursing profession,” said IU School of Nursing Dean Marion E. Broome. “Dr. Huff shaped hundreds of young nurses while they spent time in her classes and under her clinical guidance. Her faculty peers so valued her mentoring, her sense of humor and her incredible commitment to service in the work of the school. She will truly be missed.”

Huff’s peers recognized her with the Joseph Taylor Award for Excellence in Diversity, the Faculty Advisor of the Year Award and the Center for Leadership Development Distinguished Award. Huff was a leader in the development and revision of undergraduate curriculum, concentrating on courses in nursing management and perioperative and medical/surgical nursing. Huff created and fostered the school’s online course for operating room nursing.

“Marchusa Huff was a dedicated teacher who sought every opportunity to inspire her students to excel. She firmly believed in the power of getting her students to practice what they learn in clinical settings because she knew it would ignite a thirst for knowledge and a passion for caring for others,” said IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz. “The many students and alumni whose lives she has touched during her career at IUPUI deeply mourn her loss, as do her faculty colleagues all across campus.”

Huff remained dedicated to the Indianapolis community and the IU School of Nursing and IUPUI family throughout her career. She maintained her clinical expertise by working with the Army Reserve and through staff nursing at Community Hospital.

In addition to sitting on the IUPUI Promotion and Tenure Committee and the Budgetary Affairs Committee, Huff was the program director for the Diversity Scholars Research Program, previously known as the Minority Research Scholars Program.

The Diversity Scholars Research Program is a highly competitive, performance-based, annually renewable fellowship program focusing on active learning through hands-on research and scholarship. These awards are made to academically talented undergraduate students from a variety of majors who will contribute further to the rich diversity of the IUPUI campus.

The Diversity Scholars Research Program, which has served more than 200 students since its inception in 1996, has been instrumental in diversifying the population of underrepresented students conducting undergraduate research on the IUPUI campus. The program also served as a prototype for the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation and the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, both created in 2003 to broaden participation of underrepresented minority students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors.

Indiana University Foundation has established a memorial account in Huff’s honor. Donations to the account can be made via checks made payable to the foundation. The mailing address is IUPUI-CRL, Attn: P. Willhite, 755 W. Michigan Street – UL 1140, Indianapolis, IN. 46202.  Donors must note "memory of Marchusa Huff" in check memo lines.