Former Walla Wallan Judy Huntington celebrated her retirement in early August. Most recently she served 18 1/2 years as executive director of the Washington State Nurses Association, which threw a party in her honor Aug. 4 at the Doubletree in Seattle.
Judy was an inspiration to native Walla Wallan Shauna Fouts Andrews, daughter of Shirley Fouts of Walla Walla, who returned to this area about seven months ago after decades in the Seattle area.
“(Judy) grew up here in Walla Walla and went on to become an amazing leader of the nursing profession. In fact, she inspired me to become a nurse, which is a career I have cherished for over 40 years,” Shauna said.
The daughter of the late Jack and Esther Huntington, Judy stabilized the WSNA’s finances and led “remarkable growth” in the organization, more than doubling its membership to about 15,000 members. WSNA advocates for registered nurses in the state.
Judy earned a bachelor’s in nursing in 1968 and a master’s in nursing in 1985 from the University of Washington. She spent 10 years on the executive staff of the American Nurses Association before joining WSNA in January 1999.
She served in elected and staff leadership posts at the local, state and national levels and worked 13 years as a staff nurse, head nurse and clinical supervisor at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
She was a founding member of the Washington Committee for…