In Memoriam: Lena Sorensen
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
“An innovative thinker, a great wit and generous of heart and spirit.” Jude Kubran
EDRA notes with great sadness the passing of another of our colleagues in environmental psychology research. Lena Sorensen died unexpectedly at home on August 17, 2012.
Like many others Lena brought her own unique background into the interdisciplinary world of EDRA. She took her Nursing degrees (Keuka College (Nursing), 1970; M.S., Boston University (Psychiatric Nursing), 1975; M.A.) and combined them with environment and behavior studies to understand the role computers, information technology and digital media in healthcare and Nursing. She was one of several of our members who were alums of the CUNY Environmental Psychology program in New York (1991). She became a leader in developing the field of Medical and Nursing Infomatics and was a great mentor to students and colleagues alike.
While many EDRA colleagues will remember her service on the Board from 1999-2002 and the good humor and passion she brought to the job, they will also remember how devoted she was to extending and creating funding for our student members. Many will also remember her passion, advocacy and activism for a global EDRA, it helped reinforce our ties with our colleagues especially in Mexico and South America.
Lena’s work and activism will be one of the legacies she leaves behind for EDRA, but she will also remain a very important person in the heart of many of those of us that had the privilege to meet her, to know her, work with her and enjoy her friendship. We will miss her ever present smile and good humor.
We extend our deepest condolences to her partner and family.