In Memoriam Spring/Summer 2014

Hermione Smith Swindoll (MPH ’59) passed away on June 19, 2013. Swindoll earned her MPH in 1959 when the school was still part of the College of Medicine after serving in the US Public Health Service in Ethiopia where she trained perspective health officers and community nurses. It was at Tulane where she met Bryant Swindoll whom she married in 1960. They were married for 36 years until Dr. Bryant Swindoll passed away in 1996.

During her career in the US Public Health Service, Swindoll held the equivalent rank of Colonel in the US Army and was a nursing consultant in tuberculosis. In 1971, Swindoll traveled to Moscow, Russia, as one of four nurses worldwide to present a paper on “Public Health and Hospital Nursing Activities in Tuberculosis Control.” Hermione lived most of her adult life in Arkansas, specifically in Hazen and North Little Rock.

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It is with sadness that we share news of the passing of Dr. James Puckette “Jim” Carter, former professor in the Department of Allied Health. Dr. Carter died peacefully after a brief illness on February 12, 2014 at the age of 80.

Dr. Carter was awarded his Master of Science in Parasitology and his Doctor of Health degrees from Columbia University. During his long career, he practiced medicine and taught at Meharry College of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Tulane University School of Medicine, and Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. After Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Carter and his wife moved to Mandeville, La., where he was a medical director of a private clinic with a focus on integrative medicine.

For more information, please visit the online memorial at


About Tulane University SPHTM

Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is the oldest school of public health in the country and the only American school of tropical medicine. Our mission is to advance public health knowledge, promote health and well-being, and prevent disease, disability, and premature mortality. This is accomplished through academic excellence in education of public health professionals, rigorous scientific research of public health problems, creative partnerships to advance the practice of public health, and innovative service to the local, national, and international public health community.
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