Spillane receives nursing advocacy award
October 12, 2017
John J. Spillane, of Wayzata, received the University of Minnesota School of Nursing’s Richard Olding Beard Award today. The award, presented by Dean Connie White Delaney, recognizes a non-nurse whose foresight, wisdom and advocacy for the nursing profession have led to better health care for all.
Spillane, a School of Nursing Foundation Board member and business executive, has served as a tireless advocate and volunteer helping the school remain at the forefront of nursing education. His work with the school began with the establishment of the Elva Walker Spillane Leadership and Innovation Fund in honor of his late wife, a nurse and school alumna. Spillane founded National Purity Soap and Chemical Co. in 1967. Today he serves as board chair for National Purity, LLC.
“Jack is a steadfast partner with the school,” said Dean Delaney. “His spirit of service and his capacity to bridge our collective mission to improve health with the interests and passion of many is profound.”