Obituary for Helen Dulock
Helen Louise Dulock, 78, of Atlanta, Georgia passed away in Waco, Texas, Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 13, 2017 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Waco, with the Rev. Joseph F. Geleney, Jr. as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Waco. Visitation will be at 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 12, with Rosary service following at 6:30 p.m., at OakCrest Funeral Home.
Born into earthly life, along with twin brother, Fred, December 21, 1938. Entered into heavenly life in Waco, Texas, succumbing to cancer May 9, 2017.
Her parents were Fred W. and Frances (Dolezal) Dulock and she grew up on a farm about 13 miles east of Waco, Texas in the community of Elk. She graduated from Axtell High School in 1956 and enrolled at Providence Catholic School of Nursing that fall in Waco. She graduated in August, 1959, and took a position as a nurse in labor and delivery. She enrolled part-time at Baylor University to complete course requirements to earn a BS in nursing. She was accepted into and completed the degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas in 1963. She accepted a position at Scott & White Medical Center, Temple, Texas and was later asked to teach in their hospital school of nursing. She discovered a passion for teaching and mentoring nursing students, so after a few years, she was off to University of Washington, Seattle to earn her Master’s degree in Maternal-Child Nursing in 1967. She joined the Air Force Nurse Corp and soon afterward was made head nurse of the newborn nurseries. Initially, she was not thrilled with this assignment; however, neonatal intensive care was just emerging as a specialty and that became the focus of the rest of her professional life. Following leaving active duty, she remained in the Air Force Reserves and served as a flight nurse on weekends accompanying wounded Vietnam War solders back to the states. Helen retired as a colonel from the Air Force Reserves.
She took a faculty position at the University of California School of Nursing teaching undergraduates in Maternal-Child Nursing. She continued her work in neonatal care and during the 70’s developed many nursing continuing education courses with the help of ECSF nurses and a neonatologist. Helen was active in the California Perinatal Association and served as first president in the early 80’s as well as serving on the editorial board of several perinatal journals reviewing and critiquing articles prior to publication. She published articles on neonatal care in nursing journals and in 1975 Helen was awarded a 5-year training grant from the National Foundation March of Dimes to start the first master’s program in Perinatal Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. After the grant period ended, she completed the PHD nursing Program at University of California, San Francisco and then assumed a faculty position with the Perinatal-Neonatal program at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta. Following the program ending at Emory, she took a position with Georgia Department of Public Health, Child Health Unit, which serves children birth to 21 years of age with developmental and medical conditions.
Her professional life culminated with being awarded the University of Texas School of Nursing “Alumni of the year” in 1992.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Irene Vickery, Frances Stamm, Dorothy Tipshus; and brothers, Walter and James Dulock; two nieces and one nephew. She is survived by her twin brother, Fred and wife, Genny; 13 beloved nieces and nephews; plus great-nieces and nephews. She loved being an “auntie” and she is especially grateful to great-nephew, Patrick for helping her become a “parent person”; and to twin Fred for being best brother ever. She leaves behind many treasured friendships of over 40-50 years, plus many more recent Atlanta friends.
Pallbearers are nephews; Bryan Dulock, Scott Dulock, and Justin Schramm, great nephew, Patrick Dulock, and special friends Dan Pechacek and Pat Farek.