Beverly C. Flynn, an Oral History with a 20th Century Activist


  • Ruth N. Knollmueller, Ph.D., R.N., Hamden, Connecticut. Sarah E. Abrams, Ph.D., APRN-B.C., Assistant Professor, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont.

* Sarah E. Abrams, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Vermont, 106 Carrigan Avenue, Rowell 211, Burlington, VT 05405. E-mail:


Abstract  Beverly Collora Flynn, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., when asked what she believes her legacies will be, cites achievements that have sustained her professionally and personally. Through her work in the Institute of Action Research for Community Health at Indiana University School of Nursing and her work in Healthy Cities, she further developed the application of primary health care and community health promotion concepts into practice. A theme that emerges from her story is that of recognizing new approaches to meeting the health needs of communities and developing them into lasting practices. Flynn's long marriage to Pat and rich family life, including two children Bryan and Nicole have been balanced with her professional commitments and have been a source of strength for her as a person and as a nurse. Dr. Flynn is one of those exceptional individuals we honor, by telling her story as she told it to us in July, 2004 for this series on outstanding public/community health nursing leaders of the twentieth century.