Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program

Mr. Fred Flynn started the Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship in 2016 at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to honor his late wife, Susan who died with ovarian cancer. The program was designed to stimulate and foster professional development in oncology nursing among rising seniors at the UNC School of Nursing. The six-week program includes both inpatient and outpatient experiences, working closely with oncology nurses to better understand the nurses’ role with symptom management, clinical trials, and best practices in providing supportive care services.

More information about his program can be found here.

Our first graduates, Austin Cole and Morgan Redick, with Mr. Fred Flynn (center).


Mr. Flynn’s work led to a combined effort to support future oncology nursing students at Carolina. The UNC Lineberger-Sylvia Lauterborn Oncology Nursing Fellowship was started in 2017. The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, North Carolina Cancer Hospital and UNC School of Nursing are committed to increasing the pipeline of students interested in care of patients and their families with cancer.

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of three National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in North Carolina.

About Bob and Sylvia Lauterborn

Mr. Robert “Bob” Lauterborn and his wife Sylvia experienced excellent oncology nursing care during her time at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital. Having seen most of this world, Sylvia Lauterborn set off on her last great adventure on Memorial Day 2013. Born in Crumlin, Wales on May 1, 1939 – prophetically, International Day – Sylvia Ann Stebbings was a student nurse at Charing Cross hospital in London, a nursery school teacher and a wages clerk for British Rail before being chosen to be a stewardess for famed Pan American Airways – one of only 50 out of 500 applicants in the UK. While in training for Pan Am in Queens, NY she met Bob Lauterborn, who was on a training program for GE at the same time. They were married September 28, 1963.

She and Bob moved from Scarsdale, NY to Chapel Hill in 1986 when he joined the faculty at UNC. She worked at Fine Feathers and later managed The Cotton Boll. Over more than 50 years of travel, Sylvia visited 83 countries, first as a stewardess, then with Bob as he taught all over the world. The cause of her death was pancreatic cancer, but the cause of her life was making other people happy. Her wish is for her ashes to be sprinkled at sea, so she can reach all the countries she missed.

Besides husband, Bob and their two sons, Michael of Fairfield, CT and David of Harper’s Ferry, WV (David’s wife, the former Jill Cherry) of Chapel Hill, grandsons Evan and Phillip Lauterborn of Fairfield, CT. Her sister Jean Huckle is in England and brother Bob Stebbings in Wales and their children and grandchildren. Sylvia is survived by thousands of friends on six continents.

Those who wish to remember her may donate in her name to support pancreatic cancer research at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, CB #7295, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7295.

Contact Information

For students interested in the program, please contact Dr. Deborah Mayer at dmayer@unc.edu or Dr. Ashley Leak Bryant at ashley_bryant@unc.edu.

We strongly recommend that students interested in oncology nursing join the ONS, the professional oncology nursing society for nurses. ONS offers free membership to nursing students with an interest in oncology nursing. The Triangle ONS (TONS) is an active chapter with various professional and community activities and you automatically receive TONS emails once you join ONS.

ONS site, www.ons.org.