Dr. Marcia Allene Dake

Obituary for Dr. Marcia Allene Dake

May 22, 1923 - July 24, 2014
Greenspring Village, Virginia | Age 91



Dr. Marcia Allene Dake
May 22, 1923 – July 24, 2014

Dr. Marcia Allene Dake, or as most of us in the family called her, Aunt Allene, 91, of Greenspring Village, Springfield, Virginia, peacefully transitioned over the Rainbow Bridge at 2am on July 24, 2014. Dr. Dake was born on May 22, 1923, the youngest of seven children to Earl B. and Bernice Deleo Haskin Dake in the Town of Ellery, Bemus Point, Chautauqua County, New York.
She grew up on a 400-acre dairy farm, one mile south of Ellery Center in the Town of Ellery. She and her siblings often helped their father deliver, by horse and wagon, fresh milk and butter to establishments in Bemus Point and Jamestown. She attended the one room schoolhouse in Ellery Center and went on to high school in Bemus Point. Ellery Center had one bus that transported her and a couple siblings to the High School, often driven by her oldest brother, Fred. During her last couple of years in high school she was mentored by the school nurse, assisting with the required eye and physical exams. One day she proceeded to tell her mother, standing around the grate in the floor over the furnace, that she wanted to be a nurse, and attend the same school as her mentor and role model. So, after graduating from Bemus Point High School in 1940, she began the pursuit of her dream.
Dr. Marcia A. Dake spent her career committed to the establishment and enhancement of professional Nursing. She began her career in 1944 with a diploma from Crouse Irving Hospital School of Nursing, Syracuse, New York. She then spent 14 months in the Cadet Nurse Corps and was sent to Ft. Dix for basic training; then to Rhodes General Army Hospital, Utica, NY; then to Hawaii in 1945. She deployed with the 172nd General Hospital, on a ship in Okinawa Harbor, sailing into Yokahama, Japan on V-J Day. The General Hospital was then split into smaller units and she was assigned to the 161st Station Hospital, which had two missions. The first was to set up an outpatient dispensary for the American GIs stationed in Japan. The second was to take a troop train to the Northern part of the country to retrieve wounded soldiers, bring them back, and then load them on ships for the long journey home. She was very fond of telling the story of the day that her brother George, an Air Force Pilot, was able to visit her. As they were enjoying lunch in the unit mess hall, she looked up and there stood her nursing school roommate. What a reunion ensued.
After serving as an Army nurse she returned to New York State and for three years worked for the New York State Public School, in Greenwood, New York, as a School-Nurse Teacher. She was drawn to this area because her sister, Lucile, and brother-in-law, James, were teachers in that school.
She describes one of the best results of her active service was the education benefits, and it was time to further her education. Utilizing scholarships and the GI Bill, in 1951, she completed a Bachelor of Science degree, in public health nursing, at Syracuse University and in 1955 a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum-Teaching at Teacher's College, Columbia University, New York, New York. In 1958,a National League of Nurses Fellowship, allowed her to complete a Doctor of Education also from Columbia University. With this degree she became one of the first ten doctorally prepared nurses in this country.
At the completion of her education, at 35 years of age, she was quickly recruited as the first Dean and seventh professional faculty member in a totally new Medical Center at the University of Kentucky. She was the youngest Dean to serve at a college of nursing in the U.S. Dean Dake actually built the college from scratch, hired the first faculty members and worked with them to design the curriculum and to create an innovative collegiate nursing program. The program emphasized promoting wellness rather than focusing on disease and served as a model to other nursing educators. The first class of baccalaureate students began the nursing program in the fall of 1960. In 1961, with her leadership, a student committee designed the nurse's cap, and University of Kentucky nursing pin. In 1964 the first college prepared class of 15 students, graduated. Under Dean Dake's leadership the college received full accreditation in 1965 and the Faculty Senate approved the Master's Program in 1969.
In 1963, she was honored for her military and nursing service and was appointed by Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense, to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services or DACOWITS. While at the University of Kentucky, she also served as the President of the Kentucky League for Nursing.
To honor numerous contributions to the College of Nursing at the University of Kentucky and to the profession of nursing, the College's first endowed professorship was named the Marcia A. Dake scholarship.
In 1972 she left Kentucky and became the Director, Department of Nursing Education for the American Nurses' Association, in Kansas City, Missouri. As a part of the headquarters staff, she was responsible for heading the Commission to study Nursing Education throughout the U.S. In 1974 she became the Project Director of Nursing Education, Milliken University, Decatur, Illinois, for a nine-month study of the feasibility of a baccalaureate nursing program at the University
In 1975 she returned East, as her career took her to a position as the Director for Program Development in Nursing and Health Services at the National Headquarters for the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. During her tenure at the Red Cross, she was responsible for the coordination and development of content for several community education materials including, the eighth edition of the Red Cross's Textbook "Family Health and Home Nursing."

In 1979, Dr Marcia A. Dake's career came full circle and she was recruited as the founding Dean of Nursing by James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. For the second time, she rose to the challenge of recruiting the faculty to create the curriculum for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. In1981, they admitted their first nursing class. In1991, The Marcia Dake Nursing Scholarship was established at JMU.
During her tenure as Dean she was President of the Virginia Colleges of nursing and President of the Alliance of Virginia Nursing Organizations.

In 1988, she retired to Sun City, Florida to pursue her love of golf. She also became the chief radio operator for the Sun City Center Security Patrol after computerizing the whole operation.

Ten years later, she came back North to be one of the first 100 to move into the newly opened Greenspring retirement community, Springfield, Virginia. Dr Dake's pioneering spirit launched several innovations. This newly formed community was rich for her creativity and she was elected the Vice Chairman of the very first Resident Advisory Council; assisted with the formation of the first choral group (Greenspring Chorister's); initiated the first newsletter; and initiated the Resident Photo Directory taking on full responsibility for its preparation, production, and circulation as well as taking the resident photos.
She will always be memorialized by the fact that in 1999, she was integral in the development of Channel 6, a closed-circuit television station which broadcasts only on the campus of Greenspring. She was responsible for the first "Village in Motion" shows. She initiated the first video transmittal and was often seen with the video equipment, taping shows and events, scheduling them to be broadcast on Channel 6 for every resident to enjoy.
She became a Channel 6 TV celebrity, recognized throughout the campus because she hosted two live shows a week, introducing a wide variety of topics and experts to the residents. She initiated the "Who's Who at Greenspring" series to spotlight prominent individuals. She hosted over 2000 shows at Greenspring. In October 2014, with her consent and involvement she was the principal subject of a documentary as she moved to Assisted Living in Rose Court. She titled the work "Don't Let Others Make the Decision for You".

Dr. Dake always valued her service to this country and was instrumental in forming a Chapter of WIMS (Women In the Military Service) at Greenspring. In addition, she initiated interviews and videotaped veteran's stories for the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress' Veteran's History Project.

In 2008, she received the President's Lifetime Service Award for giving more than 4000 hours of volunteer service while living at Greenspring.
On April 18, 2008 in New York City she was inducted, at an awards ceremony, into the NURSING HALL OF FAME at Teachers College Columbia University by the Nursing Education Alumni Association.
In 2011 she travelled back to the University of Kentucky for the College's 50th anniversary gala and the Marcia A. Dake Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship was established. In addition she donated her professional regalia to U. of Ky., where it is currently displayed in a vacuum-sealed case in the School of Nursing.
Aunt Allene's greatest joy was family. She has been a great source of inspiration for all of her siblings and nieces and nephews, encouraging each one in the pursuit of their own lives. She has been a role model, tutor, and mentor. She has been a source of motivation and a voice of reason when we needed it. For more than thirty years she has been a matriarch, confidant, best friend, travel companion, grandparent and refuge for some of us. Her loss is profoundly felt.
She is predeceased by all of her siblings; Ruth Eleanor Dake Logan; Margaret Elizabeth Dake Pickard; Sophrona Kate Dake Foster; Fred Edwin Dake; George Leslie Dake; and Lucille May Dake Scofield and two nieces, two nephews, one great nephew and two great great nephews.

She is survived by 13 nieces and nephews, 44 great nieces and nephews, and 81 great, great nieces and nephews.
A Memorial service was held in July at Greenspring, Springfield, Virginia. Dr. Marcia A. Dake will be interred at Bemus Point Cemetery with a brief tribute, starting at 11am on October 18th, 2014. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that a donation to the Local Hospice in memory of Dr. Dake, would be appropriate.

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