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Nursing Has Lost a Great Leader

The Oregon Nurses Association and Nurse Practitioners of Oregon are deeply saddened by the loss of a great nursing leader, Nanette Cary Nesbitt Clapper, ANP, MS.  The nursing community has truly lost a leader, a great nurse and a wonderful friend.


Nanette Cary Nesbitt Clapper, ANP, MS
May 22, 1949 - September 11, 2011

Nanette Cary Nesbitt Clapper passed away at her Lake Oswego home with her husband and son at her bed side.

Nanette was born in Dayton, Ohio on May 22, 1949. She was the second child of Donald and Blanche Nesbitt. The family moved to Oregon in 1960 where she graduated from David Douglas High School.

Nanette completed both her BS (1975) and MS (1980) degrees in Nursing at the University of Portland. She practiced as an Adult Nurse Practitioner for thirty years and has owned her primary care practice in Lake Oswego for the last 12 years until illness forced her retirement in January, 2011.

Nanette also taught Nursing at Mt. Hood Community College and was Assistant Professor for undergraduate and graduate nursing students at University of Portland and OHSU.

As a member of the Oregon Nurses Association she served as Chair for the Nurse Practitioners Special Interest Group of Oregon in 1985 and was on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Nurses Association. She received the ONA Nursing Practice Award in 1990 and has been nationally certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association since 2000.

Nanette enjoyed many activities including showing American Saddlebred horses in her younger years, gardening, travel and fly-fishing later in life. Her favorite fishing spot was on a very special "classified” braid of the Bitterroot River in western Montana.

She is survived by the love of her life, her husband Avrum Clapper of 44 years, son Lawrence Clapper of Lake Oswego, sister Margret N. Myers and brother-in-law Colonel Clifford O. Myers III, USMC, (Ret.) of Vista California along with two nephews, their wives, two great nephews and four great nieces. She is also survived by her Italian Greyhound "therapy dog” Ziggy, who happily worked overtime to comfort her 24/7 the last two years.

Nanette and her family want to give special thanks to her oncologist Dr. Daniel Gruenberg who provided excellent care and uplifted her spirits with his visits at the end of her life. She and the family also want to thank Norma and Maria at Hospice & Palliative Care of Washington County for making it possible for Nanette to be properly cared for at home to the end of her life.

Nanette had a very full life and loved the challenge of her primary care practice, her patients and family very much.

A private burial was held at River View Cemetery on September 12, 2011.


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