Deans Board of Advocates, member
Passionate and driven, Ellen Byrd spent nearly five decades as a nurse before retiring in 2013. Her journey began at Baylor University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree in 1964. That year, she also became registered nurse in the state of Texas and started her first job as a nurse at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. She moved to BUMC as a gynecological nurse after which she garnered experience in positions like charge nurse in Medical-Surg at Collin Memorial Hospital in McKinney. In 1973 came back to Dallas serve as a school nurse at Dallas Independent School District and later serve in Richardson ISD. In 2000, she became Director of Health Services as the campus nurse at Dallas Baptist University,
Serves as Chairman of the LHSON Alumni Committee, Board of Advocates committee, Advisor for Baylor U Women’s Council of Dallas. Gala Task Force Committee for 10 years.
The Baylor Alumni Association honored her with the W.R. White Meritorious Service Award. Baylor University Women’s Council of Dallas named her a Woman of Distinction. She served as a Advisor on the Board of Visitors at Wake Forest Divinity School. For 9 years, she served as a Trustee at Dallas Baptist University. DBU honored her with the Good Samaritan Award as well as the Ruth Award. LHSON named her a Legend in the Line and she was chosen as a Friend of Nursing by the LHSON alumni council. She is most proud of establishing of the Ellen Stoesser Byrd Endowed Scholarship Fund in Nursing in by Baylor University in 2013. Also in 2020, she began an endowed scholarship at Dallas Baptist University for pre- nursing students transferring to LHSON for their junior and senior years.
She is the proud mother of 4 children and 10 grandchildren, and loves to travel with them. At her church, Cliff Temple Baptist in Dallas, she is an active Deacon since being ordained in 1988. In addition, she serves on the Personnel Committee, is Chairman of the Hospitality Committee and is involved in the Global Affairs Bible class. Also, in the Rosehill community HOA and is a Sustainer in the Richardson Junior League.