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Requiescat: Lillian Martin Yeager, educator, Executive Council member

5/25/2006
[Episcopal News Service]  Dr. Lillian Yeager, who would have completed a six-year term on the Episcopal Church's Executive Council at the upcoming General Convention in June, died May 23.

Yeager, 62, served as the Province IV representative on the Executive Council. She attended the Council's last meeting of the triennium in Philadelphia in March.

The 38-member Executive Council carries out programs and policies adopted by the General Convention and oversees the ministry and mission of the Church.

She was a lay member of the Diocese of Kentucky's current General Convention deputation.

Yeager was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in May 2001. She was a member of Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky (OAK), a group that supports and educates women and their families and friends about ovarian and gynecologic cancers.

Yeager joined Indiana University Southeast, located in New Albany, Indiana, in 1973 as assistant professor of nursing. She was promoted several times, becoming dean of the School of Nursing in 2002. Her leadership contributed to extraordinary growth in the university's nursing program, making it one of the largest and most popular degree programs offered at IU Southeast, according to a notice posted on the university's website (http://www.ius.edu/PublicRelations/CampusNews.cfm?x=1Ȯ)

Committed to higher education and lifelong learning, Yeager earned an undergraduate degree in nursing education from Tuskegee Institute in 1964 and a master's in med-surgical nursing from Wayne State University in 1972. While employed at IU Southeast, she continued her education, earning a doctorate in educational leadership from Louisville's Spalding University in 2000.

Yeager was a dedicated mentor and community leader. She served on various boards and committees for such well-known institutions as Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital, Frazier Rehab Hospital, Floyd Memorial Hospital's Nursing Department, Home of the Innocents, and KYANNA Black Nurses Association.

Yeager told Louisville television station WHAS in August 2005 that her faith and her family kept her going."The days I'm feeling good, I act well. On days when I'm not feeling good, I act well," she said.

She is survived by her only daughter, Michelle Yeager, who lives in Louisville, and a number of brothers.

Visitation will be on May 30 at Louisville's Christ Church Cathedral. Yeager's funeral service will be May 31 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Louisville.

Additional details are being worked out, including the time of the visitation, and will be posted at both the Diocese of Kentucky website
(http://www.episcopalky.org/) and on her parish website, St. Matthew's in Louisville (http://www.stmatt-ky.org)