Lucille D. Gress, RN, MA, was born in Kansas City, Kansas. Her basic education includes a diploma in nursing, Independence Sanitarium and Hospital School of Nursing, Independence, Missouri, 1954, and a baccalaureate degree in nursing, awarded by the University of Missouri, Kansas City, 1962. Her Master of Arts degree in education was awarded by the University of Missouri, Kansas City, with distinction in 1966. Currently, Ms. Gress is enrolled at the University of Kansas as a doctoral student.
Ms. Gress has had a varied experiential background. She worked as a staff nurse, assistant head nurse, and observer on a cardiac research project at Independence Sanitarium and Hospital. Her teaching experience began with the Independence Sanitarium and Hospital School of Nursing in 1962, where she was appointed as an instructor. She was appointed to the faculty of the University of Kansas College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing in 1966, where she holds the rank of associate professor. She continues to participate in various activities related to the major missions of the University, teaching, research, and service.
In addition to the experiences cited above, Ms. Gress served as training director for the Long-Term Care Project, HEW, Region VII, located at ihe Swope Ridge Health Care Center, Kansas City, Missouri, 1975.
Ms. Gress is a member of a number of professional associations: ANA, KSNA, NLN, KLN, Kansas Citizen's Council on Aging, and the Gerontological Society. She is a member of the Torch and Scroll Society, a national honor society and Sigma Thêta Tau, Delta Chapter, the national honor society of nursing. She is listed in Who's Who of American Women, Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans, Dictionary of International Biography, vol XV, and the World Who's Who of Women in Education, First Edition.
Ms. Gress has authored a number of articles for professional journals and has contributed chapters for several books. She has also been a reviewer for books and manuscripts for books.
Since her initital teaching experience in geriatric nursing, Ms. Gress has continued to pursue her interest in older persons. One of her major concerns is that capacities and abilities of older persons be supported to enable them ιο continue becoming and being fully-human persons to the greatest extent possible.