Dr. Eva Horne, clinical associate professor of nursing and master’s program director, and Dr. Deon Thompson, clinical associate professor of physical therapy, are both retiring after long teaching careers at Georgia State University.
Horne is a family nurse practitioner who directed the nursing master’s degree program for seven years and coordinated the FNP track for nine. She served on the core faculty team on the School of Nursing’s advanced nursing education grant funded by HRSA, the largest single grant in school history.
A dedicated volunteer, Horne shared professional nursing expertise with community organizations, including Hebron Health Clinic, Hope Health Clinic, the Red Cross Volunteering in Nursing and the Georgia State Nursing Collaborative.
As an Army Nurse Corps Officer for 20 years, Horne led the nursing staff at medical centers in El Paso, Texas, and New Jersey. She worked at several other civilian and military hospitals beginning her career with Talmadge Memorial Hospital in Augusta, Georgia.
Horne earned a B.S. from the Medical College of Georgia, a nurse practitioner certificate from the U.S. Army at Fort Ord. She completed an M.S.N. from Emory University and received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. She has been granted emerita status at retirement.
Thompson taught anatomy to more than 25 cohorts of physical therapy students — bachelor of science students first, and to master and doctor of physical therapy later as the field and academic program transitioned to a doctorate for entry-level into the profession. She was also the faculty advisor for transition and direction of the anatomy laboratory when Petit Science Center opened in 2010.
A former gymnastics coach for elementary school and community programs, Thompson also served as faculty at the American College of Sports Medicine Workshops nationally and internationally. She directed cardiopulmonary rehabilitation for nearly a decade and actively promoted consistency and unity of that specialty within hospital and wellness settings in the southeast as well as nationally.
Thompson earned a B.S. in physical education and an M.A. in exercise physiology from Wake Forest University and a Ph.D. in exercise science from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has been granted emerita status at retirement.