Verna M. Rice, CRNA
Miss Verna Rice of Mobile, Alabama, received the Association's Award of Appreciation at the annual banquet in New York City, August, 26, 1959. The gold framed award was presented by Olive L. Berger, President of the AANA. Miss Rice was also made an honorary life member following the unanimous vote of the members at the business session, August 25. Miss Rice received the eight award presented by the association in recognition of her faithful service to mankind in the field of anesthesia, and for her loyal participation in the affairs of the association.
A dedicatory speech, read by Miss Berger, outlined Miss Rice’s untiring efforts in behalf of the association, especially in its earlier years.
Miss Rice was elected as the association’s first Treasurer at the organizational meeting, June 17, 1931. She placed her signature among those who signed the articles of incorporation, March 12, 1932. She served as 1st Vice President of the AANA in 1935 and 1936.
After 32 years of service in anesthesia, Miss Rice retired in 1957. She her retirement, she has received many honors.
Operating room personnel of Providence Hospital, Mobile anesthetists, and surgeons with whom she has worked for many years have honored her at several dinners. She was presented with a silver vase, inscribed “In Appreciation – Mobile Anesthetists.” Dr. Vernon Balovich, Head of Anesthesia Department, Providence Hospital, gave a presentation speech complimenting Miss Rice’s pioneer work. She also received a Lady Hamilton wrist watch, engraved “to our beloved anesthetist from the First Team.”
The Alumnae Association of Providence Hospital School of Nursing paid tribute to Miss Rice at its homecoming dinner. Mrs. Sam Impastato, President of the Alumnae Association, presented her with a hand painted scroll. Although Miss Rice is not a graduate of the school, she was recognized for her contributions to the group and was made an honorary member.
The Alabama Association of Nurse Anesthetists presented her with a silver meat server at its annual meeting. Anne Beddow, first present of the Alabama Association, made the presentation. Miss Rice was active in organizing the state association on December 19, 1931.
At the AANA annual banquet following the presentation of the award, Miss Rice was presented with an arm bouquet of red roses by Miss Lucy Richards representing the Council. Miss Richards, past president of the association, presented the bouquet on recognition of the work that was one by Miss Rice for the states in their early organizational efforts. Mrs. Inez Brock, president of the Alabama Association, presented a bouquet of white roses and mums to Miss Rice in behalf of the Alabama Association.
Mobile papers carried a picture of Miss Rice on the day the award was presented in New York. Among the messages sent to her was one from Dr. Balovich and “The First Team.”
Source: AANA NewsBulletin. 1959;13(4):1,10.