Dedicated care opens door to funding nurse education

Rita Coughlin and Anna Mori. Coughlin established the Richard and Rita Coughlin Nursing Education Fund through Providence Community Health Foundation
Rita Coughlin and Anna Mori. Coughlin established the Richard and Rita Coughlin Nursing Education Fund through Providence Community Health Foundation

More than 400 years ago, William Shakespeare wrote: "The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones."
But that is certainly not the case with Rita Coughlin, for the positive things she is doing for the community in the Rogue Valley will live long after her.
This spry little 83-year-old recently gave a large sum to further the nursing education of people she doesn’t know and will never meet.  The chance meeting of fellow New Yorker Anna Mori was the catalyst in making it all happen.

Mrs. Coughlin and her husband Richard met and were married in New
York.  They followed a circuitous route to get to the Rogue Valley and
retirement.  Mori followed a different map, but also found her way to
the valley and to Providence Medical Center.  She works as a home nurse
for those who do not need hospitalization, but still require care
beyond their own abilities. And that’s how the two met, through the
care Mori provided to Richard during the final months of his terminal
As the months rolled by, Richard insisted that
Providence send only Mori for each of the visits he received.  They
became friends before Richard died. 
Mrs. Coughlin was so
impressed with Mori that she wrote to Providence, nominating her for
any award that Providence might give to employees.  Mrs. Coughlin
praised her for her compassion, patience, efficiency, kindness,
sympathy and a host of other nurse-like qualities. 
Mrs. Coughlin decided on a more tangible way of expressing her
appreciation for the Providence Medical system by creating the Richard
and Rita Coughlin Nursing Education Fund.  It was established to lend a
helping hand to students who wish to further their education and who
have limited means.  Mrs. Coughlin makes yearly contributions to the
fund and has bequeathed her estate to make certain of its continued
operation.  The fund is administered through the Providence Community
Health Foundation and Mrs. Coughlin said that anyone can donate to
assure the perpetuity of the fund. Mrs. Coughlin asked that her
contribution not be quantified, but admitted it is a very generous
Several folks in the upper Rogue area might
recognize the Coughlin name.  The Coughlins moved to White City and
began an involvement with the D-9 Foundation, though she was unable to
attend the banquet and auction this year.  She also became involved
through cash contributions to the St. Vincent DePaul charity while they
were building their new building. 
At 83, Mrs. Coughlin is
active in her assisted living facility in Medford.  She is an avid
reader, averaging "about seven to eight books a month," and has
admittedly read thousands of books during her lifetime. She volunteers
as a credit counselor, something she learned from her late husband. 
She also acts as the librarian at the facility where she resides. 
Mrs. Coughlin said there "is ever a greater demand for nursing" and she has done her best to make sure that need is met.
lady brings to mind another quote by a very famous person when Abe
Lincoln said "the world will little note, nor long remember what we do
here  . . .  " and again, Mrs. Coughlin is proving that orator wrong,
with a trust benefitting both nurses-and the community-in perpetuity.
By Ralph McKechnie
Of the Independent

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