Georgette Samaritan

Posted On September 12, 2014
Categories Alumni Spotlight

samaritan2Born and raised near the Old Soldier’s Home in southeast Atlanta, Georgette Aseff Samaritan’s family grew up close to church and school. Samaritan’s father graduated from Georgia Tech and believed there was absolutely no reason “his children should choose an out-of-state college, [much]less one out of the city of Atlanta.”

By 1975, Samaritan had already received three degrees. Two of them – an associate’s and a bachelor’s degree in nursing – were from Georgia State University. Very active during her time at Georgia State, Samaritan was a founder and charter member of the Epsilon Alpha chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, a member of the National Honor Society of Nursing. She earned the Distinguished Service Award in 1980.

“I gained an identity and life purpose from Georgia State University, and I want to give back in appreciation,” Samaritan says.

Following the death of her husband of twenty-two years, Arnold E. Holder, Samaritan made a deeply personal decision and left a portion of her estate to the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions.

“I am so grateful for my former nursing professors who served as outstanding role models for the profession. I am so proud of the growth and development of Georgia State University, particularly The Lewis School,” she says.

“Planned gifts like Mrs. Samaritan’s offer broadened opportunities to make a difference,” says Laura M. Sillins, senior director of gift planning for Georgia State. “When you include a gift to Georgia State in your estate plans, you join a group of instrumental supporters whose donations have ensured the long-term security and excellence of the university. You do not have to be a certain age or extremely wealthy – you just need a plan.”

Over the past 20 years, Samaritan has worked as a senior risk management and patient safety consultant for MAG Mutual Insurance Company. She is currently a member of The Lewis School advisory board and a faithful ambassador of the nursing program at Georgia State.

“I encourage my nursing colleagues to give serious thought to supporting the continued development of Georgia State’s proud history and our top-flight nursing programs.”

We thank Georgette for her support to our mission of preparing the next generation of clinicians and scholars who collectively enhance individual and community health in a culturally diverse society.

To join Georgette and the Presidents Society Legacy Circle by including Georgia State in your estate plans, contact Sillins at or call 404-413-3425 for more information.