Beverly entered Hood’s Thanatology program in 2011 as she approached her retirement from the U.S. government. She retired in 2013 after more than 32 years of service at the Social Security Administration. Since retiring, Beverly has become an ardent volunteer for Montgomery Hospice, the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and others. While working toward her Thanatology degree, she served as graduate assistant to the program chair for two years. In and out of the classroom, Beverly has been a peer leader in the program and is the clear choice for this year’s Outstanding Thanatology Student Award.