HAMPTON, Va. (May 29, 2018) — Former Hampton University Director of Nursing, Mrs. Fostine G. Riddick-Roach, turned 100 years old the same day as the 2018 School of Nursing Pinning and Recognition Ceremony that took place in the Robert C. Ogden Auditorium on May 12, 2018.
“I want to wish Mrs. Riddick-Roach a very wonderful, happy, and healthy 100th birthday,” said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey. “Mrs. Riddick-Roach served Hampton extraordinarily well as Dean of the School of Nursing. She was one of our best and most productive administrators. She continues to be active in her church and sorority and I wish her all the happiness in the world.”
A graduate of the Tuskegee Institute and New York University, Mrs. Riddick-Roach was appointed director of the Hampton Institute (Hampton University) Division of Nursing in 1963. She remained director until 1980 when Dr. Elnora D. Daniel was appointed Dean of the School of Nursing. Throughout her tenure, Mrs. Riddick-Roach was able to contribute to the nursing profession and encourage young, Black women to pursue the profession.
Before her time at HU, Mrs. Riddick-Roach was the Director of Nursing at Norfolk Community Hospital and also served on the State Board of Health where she was the first Black woman to hold such a position. In addition, Mrs. Riddick-Roach was the first Black Nurse anesthetist to work at Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters. She also holds the title of Professor and Professor Emeritus and was able to return to Hampton University to attend former President Barack Obama’s commencement speech in 2010.
“Mrs. Riddick-Roach is a Hampton University School of Nursing legend,” said Dr. Shevellanie E. Lott, Dean of the Hampton University School of Nursing. “I am honored to follow in her footsteps, and hope that I am able to ‘Cast down my bucket where I am,’ as well as she did during her tenure at the university. I understand she is fond of poetry and often would recite speeches and poems of famous writers, such as Booker T. Washington.”
Mrs. Riddick-Roach was instrumental in founding Eta Chapter, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. in 1939. For the past 79 years, Mrs. Riddick-Roach has been a valuable member of the Sorority and held positions on the local, state, and national level ultimately becoming the 7th National President. Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. is a professional organization for registered professional nurses and student nurses. Membership into the Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. is by invitation only.