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Mary Margo McCaffery, a pioneer in the care of people with pain, passed away peacfully at the age of 79 January 8, 2018 in Marina Del Ray, California. Margo was born Sept. 29, 1938 and was raised in Corsicana. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marley William and Mary Katherine (Adams) Smith, her brother, Marley Donald Smith, her only child Melissa Ruth Mielke, and her husband, John Richard Brewer.
Margo received a BS in Nursing from Baylor University in 1959 and a MS in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 1961. She became an assistant professor in pediatric nursing at the UCLA in 1965. In 1970, Margo became self-employed as a consultant and educator on the nursing care of patients with pain, until she retired in 2011. Margo authored numerous articles, guidelines, videos, and five books on pain. She became a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and received numerous prestigious awards and appointments.
Margo was a trailblazer in the field of pain management and inspired generations of nurses, physicians and advocated for the relief of those people who suffer with pain. She is best known for her 1968 clinical definition of pain, embraced worldwide: "Pain is whatever the experiencing person says it is, existing whenever he says it does."
Margo was a wonderful women who lives on through her life's work and through those whose lives she has touched. She will be forever loved and forever missed by those who knew her.
Published on February 8, 2018
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