Lillian Holland Harvey is best known for her work in education. Harvey was born in Holland, Virginia. In 1948, Lillian Holland Harvey received her master’s degree from the Teachers College at Columbia University and initiated the first baccalaureate degree in nursing program in the state of Alabama at Tuskegee Institute. She became Dean of Tuskegee University School of Nursing and held the position for 30 years.
During her time as Dean, Harvey was pivotal in establishing and offering Tuskegee nursing students with a strong education, complete with hands-on hospital experience, locally and out-of-state. Harvey served on numerous national boards, including the National Student Nurses Association and the National League for Nursing. Her passion for education led her to return to Columbia University and earn her doctorate at the age of 54 in 1966, 20 years after finishing her master’s degree.
The Alabama State Nurses’ Association established the annual Lillian Holland Harvey Award in her honor. In 1992, the Tuskegee University Board of Trustees approved the recommendation of the president to rename the Nurses Home in honor of Dr. Harvey.