Samford’s Professor Jane Holston passed away on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 following a battle with COVID-19. A graveside service was held at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Cropwell on Monday, Sept. 13. Holston leaves behind her husband, Rob, and son, Tyler.
In an email sent to the student body breaking the news, Samford President Beck Taylor detailed some of Holston’s many accomplishments. According to the email, Holston was an alumna of Samford’s Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing, earning her Master’s of Science in Nursing in 2004. She began working at Samford a few years later in 2010. She would go on to serve for 11 years as coordinator of the emergency nurse practitioner program.
During her time here, she had “a tremendous impact on countless students.”
Holston’s loving heart for others extended well beyond the college campus. She looked after her community in many ways over the years, such as caring for thousands of patients, be it as a registered nurse, a family nurse practitioner, or, most recently, as an emergency nurse practitioner. Early on in her career, she worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Brookwood Baptist Hospital. While there, she served as the coordinator of the family support program where she cared for families who were experiencing the loss of their babies. On top of all that, she fostered dogs with the Two by Two Rescue program, an organization dedicated to the rescue and adoption of unwanted, abused and abandoned animals.
Addressing the Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing community, Dean Melondie Carter wrote “Jane exhibited God’s love to her students and fellow faculty and staff. She cared deeply for those around her and was often the first to step in to help others in need. She will be deeply missed.” Shortly after her passing, faculty members of the nursing school founded the Jane Holston Nurse Practitioner Scholarship in her memory. The scholarship will help to support an emergency nurse practitioner student with designated need, and those looking to support a good cause can help by simply donating online or by contacting Victoria Allen at email@example.com.