Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Janet M. Trigg taught nursing care for cancer

Breast-cancer expert answered 23,000 questions

By Rebecca Goodman
Enquirer staff writer

VILLA HILLS - Janet M. Trigg, a nurse, a breast-cancer expert and an associate professor emerita of the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, died Saturday evening of leukemia at her home. She was 73.

Dr. Trigg taught oncology and medical-surgical nursing and developed two courses in cancer nursing at UC.

She was also an expert on how breast-cancer affects survivors and their families. She co-wrote a book - Breast Cancer: A Family Survival Guide - that was published in 1995.

She was also dedicated to her students. "She was an excellent role model," said Marcia Hern, a professor at the College of Nursing.

"Her relationship with nursing students was one of the most important aspects of her academic career. Toward the end, Janet would often say, 'Be sure to let the students know how much I loved them.' "

After Dr. Trigg retired about five years ago, she became the breast-cancer expert for NetWellness, a Web consumer information resource developed through UC, Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve University.

People e-mailed questions to her home computer.

"She would sit at her desk and do the research if necessary, then e-mail her response to the person who made the inquiry," said her husband, William C. Trigg. "She was not reimbursed. That was something she wanted to do and she did it." She answered 23,000 breast-cancer related questions.

Dr. Trigg was involved with the Greater Cincinnati Breast Cancer Alliance and the National Breast Cancer Coalition. She lobbied U.S. senators for more money for breast-cancer research

She remained active at the College of Nursing in retirement, serving as president of the Alumni Association and chair of the Laura Rosnagle Scholarship Endowment Funds.

She also spent much time traveling to New York, Chicago and Hawaii to spend time with her grandchildren. She desired to "make sure that she was part of important events that her grandchildren were involved in," said her daughter, Karen M. Wigger of Villa Hills.

Dr. Trigg graduated from Mount St. Clare College (now Franciscan University) in Clinton, Iowa, and received a bachelor's in nursing from St. Louis University. She received master's and doctoral degrees from UC.

She was a member of St. Joseph Church in Crescent Springs, Southwest Ohio Nurses Association, Oncology Nurses Association, Women's Club of the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Town Club, Bankers Club and Summit Hills Country Club.

In addition to her husband, survivors include: two sons, William C. Trigg III of Albany, N.Y., and Michael J. Trigg of Waukegan, Ill.; two daughters, Karen M. Wigger of Villa Hills and Mary Janet Akau of Maui, Hawaii; a brother, James P. Hoyle of Dixon, Ill.; and 12 grandchildren.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today at Ronald B. Jones Funeral Home, 316 Elm St. in Ludlow. Mass of Christian burial is 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Church, 2470 Lorraine Court in Crescent Springs. Burial is 2 p.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon, Ill.

Memorials: University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, 405 Procter Hall, 3110 Vine St., Cincinnati 45267, Hoxworth Blood Center, 3130 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219 or National Breast Cancer Coalition, 1707 L Street NW, Suite 1060, Washington, D.C. 20036.

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