Always available for a chat, smiling--even when dealing with her own illness, missions-minded and dedicated to living for the good of the Kingdom, Delia Pittman, PhD, MNU professor of nursing since 1993, was beloved by students, faculty, staff and alumni. Dr. Pittman passed away Sunday, Oct. 21. Students and alumni have responded with heartfelt tributes to their professor and friend.
“Delia was a wonderful nursing professor and clinical instructor,” says 2012 graduate Ronda Compton, BSN. “She was caring, empathetic, patient, kind, always looking for the best in others…I could go on and on, but I could never finish.”
Suzie (Moessner ’07) Carlson, BSN, a nurse at Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville, Ohio says Dr. Pittman loved Jesus and loved her students.
“[Delia was] such a patient and knowledgeable mentor with a strong passion for learning and ministry to her students and patients,” Carlson says. “Thank you for shaping my nursing career and not letting me quit! I know you are praising your creator for eternity!"
Dr. Susan Larson, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Science, expressed the department's love and appreciation for Pittman.
"The colleagues and students who shared life with Delia Pittman have realized great loss in recent days," said Larson. "She will forever be remembered as a caring colleague who was faithfully devoted to the mission of Christ. She left us with a lasting legacy of love in action. A quick glance into her office reveals her passion for international mission work, as well as a deeply abiding joy and assurance of her Savior's love. A pencil box on her desk has this quotation attached: 'The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love' (Gal. 5:6 NIV). Delia most assuredly shared with us all 'a faith that counts.'"
Larson found another quote Dr. Pittman's desk by A.W. Tozer. Larson said the words sum up Pittman's attitude of radical faith in her Savior:
"Anything God has ever done, He can do now. Anything God has ever done anywhere, He can do here. Anything God has ever done for anyone, He can do for you."
Dr. Pittman’s funeral service will be held at College Church of the Nazarene Thursday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m. Friends may leave remarks on the Penwell Gabel Funeral Home website.