Current and former nursing students and staff at Germanna Community College are mourning the death of Dean of Nursing and Health Technologies Mary Gilkey.
She passed away on Tuesday at VCU Medical Center of apparent heart failure after battling an autoimmune disorder. The school's president says she helped the college double the size of its nursing program and graduate two classes a year.
She came to Germanna in 2009 and was 15 when she started training as an aide in a nursing home. Funeral services will be held in Chesapeake.