Former SON Administrator and Professor, Margery Duffey, Dies at 92

Margery Duffey, RN, PhD passed away peacefully at the DuBose Health Center in The Cedars of Chapel Hill on November 29, 2018, at the age of 92.

Dr. Duffey served as the Associate Dean for Planning and Development at the UNC School of Nursing from 1980 – 1985. She was an expert in both curriculum development and program evaluation. Dr. Duffey was instrumental in establishing North Carolina’s first PhD in nursing program at Chapel Hill and expertly advised its first graduates. When the school launched the state’s first off-campus RN-to-BSN program, she established evaluation criteria to assure excellence in outcomes and equivalency with on-campus offerings. Subsequently, as more North Carolina Schools of Nursing established off-campus programs, she led a statewide evaluation task force to ensure that all schools maintained program excellence, guaranteeing the state quality RN graduates.

After stepping down from administration, until her retirement in 1994, Dr. Duffey continued to teach in the doctoral program. She further refined its curriculum and courses, becoming a beloved mentor to many of its graduates. She also chaired the school’s promotion and tenure committee (PRAAG), establishing clear guidelines to assist junior faculty in establishing successful academic careers. The path to promotion and tenure was clear and fair under her watchful eye. Dr. Duffey worked closely with many faculty and students over her long career. She took a personal interest in them, and her ultimate goal, always, was to encourage and help others to be successful.

During her life, Marge was an avid sports fan, enjoying UNC season basketball tickets even through this 2018-19 season. Many a Tar Heel victory was cheered; and losses endured with optimism for a better outcome next time. Her Kansas City Royals and Chiefs enjoyed the same undaunted loyalty.

Marge was pre-deceased by her long-time companion, Dr. Arlene Payne. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Lenore and Jean O’Neill of Iowa, her brother, James Duffey of Florida, many loving nieces and nephews, and her much loved NC friends, most especially Karen Hearne, Janet Baradell, Susan Pierce, Cindy Freund and Ruth Ouimette. Her burial will be near her parents’ graves in Minnesota. Plans are underway for a memorial service in the spring. Details to come.

Her unequivocal friendship, unwavering loyalty and wry, Midwestern wit will be sorely missed.

Condolences can be sent to:
Lenore O’Neill; 13860 240th Ave; Spirit Lake IA 51360