Bethel Community Mourns Loss of Former Dean of Nursing

Karon Schwartz, Ph.D.Former Dean of Nursing and Graduate Program Nursing Director Karon Schwartz, Ph.D., passed away Tuesday, April 8, at her home. She was 70 years old. Visitation will be Thursday, April 10 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Eley Funeral Home in Centreville, Mich. The funeral service will be Friday, April 11 at 11 a.m. at Three Rivers Church of the Nazarene in Three Rivers, Mich.

“Through Karon’s quiet and determined work with nursing education, she has created a lasting legacy that will continue to impact current and future generations of nurses and improve healthcare in our region,” says Deborah Gillum, Ph.D., dean of nursing. “Bethel College has been blessed with her leadership and her work within the School of Nursing.”

Schwartz held the title of graduate program nursing director at Bethel College from 2005 to 2013 and also served as dean of nursing from 2008 to 2010. She previously taught at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., and Glen Oaks Community College in Centreville, Mich., and served as dean of nursing at Oakland Community College in White Lake, Mich. She has also served as a nurse at Three Rivers Health since 1997 and was active in the Hospice program from 1989 to 2001.

Schwartz received her Bachelor of Nursing from Goshen College and her Master of Science in Nursing Administration and Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing from Andrews University. She received her Ph.D. from Wayne State University in 2002, completing her dissertation on “Breast cancer health beliefs, values and practices of Amish Women.” She participated in breast cancer research in Kenya, Africa with a team from Wayne State University.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Karon Schwartz Endowed Scholarship at Bethel College or to Three Rivers Health Hospice.