Editor's note: In honor of Women's History Month, we're bringing you stories of the women who shaped NPF's past.
Long-time NPF supporter A. Marilyn Sime, R.N., Ph.D., passed away June 2, 2017, in her home in Edina, Minnesota. She was 81.
Originally from Velva, North Dakota, Sime earned degrees from the University of Minnesota and Boston University. During her 41-year career, Sime was a practicing registered nurse at several hospitals, a professor and director of graduate studies in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota and a founder of the School of Nursing’s doctoral program. She retired in 1997.
Sime, a 30-year member of NPF, had lived with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis since she was young. It took many years and treatments to address her psoriatic arthritis issues, in particular. She was always a proponent of exercise, regularly hiking with her dogs.
Ten years ago, Sime indicated during a conversation with NPF staff that she had a special interest in genetics research, feeling “that was where the answer was.” In addition to supporting the National Psoriasis Victor Henschel BioBank, Sime underwrote many Discovery Grants. To decide which project she wanted to fund, she spent hours each year reviewing the particulars of the Discovery Grants after the Board of Directors approved them for funding. Several times she met with the researcher whose project she had chosen. Her background in medical research made for lively conversation and many questions for the grantee to address.
Sime was a dear friend of NPF who made a difference in the lives of people with psoriatic disease.
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