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Virginia Campobello Simonetti , Nurs '58

Campobello SimonettiVirginia Campobello Simonetti has always combined three of her great loves in her work — nursing, people and Spanish. She currently works as the communicable disease coordinator of the Mesa County Health Department in Grand Junction, Colo., investigating all reportable diseases. Virginia provides adult and child immunizations and serves on the bio-terrorism preparedness team.

In addition to extensive public health service, Virginia worked 20 years as evening shift charge nurse in the emergency department for INOVA–Fairfax Hospital in Virginia and did lung cancer research on uranium miners.

On a vacation in 2003, she traveled to Honduras to join a medical brigade to give care to the poor in that country. As the eldest of six children and 42 grandchildren of Italian immigrants, she was the first female from her family to graduate from college. She says attending Marquette was a “supreme privilege,” and her experiences at the university have had a great impact on her life’s work and her desire to help others. “I loved my Jesuit education and appreciate the richness and well-rounded experience I had,” she says. “My faith was defined and strengthened for life here at Marquette.”

Virginia is a role model for her colleagues and serves as an example of how to provide treatment for the poor, including migrants and refugees. She is also a happy wife, mom and grandmother.

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