Dr. Lillian Holland Harvey was born in Holland, Virginia. She is a graduate of the Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing (N.Y.), class of 1938. a firm believer in the furthering of one’s education she relieved the B.S. in 1944, the M.A. in 1948, and the Ed.D., in 1966; all from Colombia University New York, New York.
Dean Harvey is the mother of three children: Linda, Paul, and Peter, and the proud grandmother of three. She was married to the late Reverend Raymond Francis Harvey, Pastor Emeritus of the Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church, Tuskegee, Alabama.
Director of Nursing Service at John A. Andrew Hospital from 1944 to 1948, Dean of the school of Nursing, Tuskegee Institute (University) from 1948 until 1973.
In 1948 the first baccalaureate of nursing program in the state of Alabama, was started under her leadership. This is a testimonial to the courage and foresight of this nursing leader.
An article in the 1983 Glowing Lamp (official organ of Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc.), so succinctly describes the honorees Deanship:
"Faced with multiple problems of the time, she was able to secure many of the social and monetary resources necessary for the maintenance and continuing growth of the school. Throughout her professional experiences she has always shown creative, initiative, and great knowledge in every professional project and position in which she became involved."
She used her expertise and talents to work in and through professional organizations to advance the cause of black nurses and the nursing profession.
She was a member of the board of directors, the Accreditation Team for the National League of Nursing, and a Board-appointed advisor to the National Student Nurses Association.
She was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Journal of Nursing Company, Secretary of the Educational Administrators, Consultant and Teachers section of the American Nurses Association.
She has served on the U.S. President’s Commission on the Status of Women, The American Red Cross Nursing Advisory Committee on Nursing service and the Nursing Advisory committee of the Kellogg Foundation.
She was one of the 12 members of the Expert Advisory Committee for Professional Traineeships Program of the United States Public Health Service.
She was a member of the Southern Association of College and Schools, Alabama Comprehensive Health Planning Committee, and Committee membership in the Alabama State Nurses Association, and in the Alabama League of Nursing.
She is also a member of Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc., (Epsilon Chapter) and the Order of Eastern Star.
The awards bestowed upon this nursing leader, are an attestation to her professionalism, proficiency, and progressionist.
Distinguished Achievement in Nursing Education Award from the Nursing Alumni at Teachers College, Columbia University, New Fraternity.
Cited by the United States Army for Outstanding Service to the Army Nurse Corps Counselors. The nursing program under her direction, prepared black nurses with educational and practical skills entering military service the opportunity to advance rapidly in the U.S. Nurse Corps during World War II.
She was the 29th recipient of the Mary Mahoney Medal. The Award was presented to her in 1982, at the American Nurses Association Convention, held in Washington, D.C.
In 1983, the Alabama State Nurses’ Association honored her with a paid up life membership in ASNA, and established an annual Lillian Hollard Harvey Award. This award is presented to a nurse at the annual ASNA Convention. She was the first recipient of the "ASNA Lillian Hollard Harvey Award." In order to qualify for the award, the recipient must have made significant contributions in one or more of the following: Fostering transcultural relations, Promoting advancement of minority groups, and upgrading health care services to those who are culturally and economically undeserved.
She was named the first Dean Emeritus of Tuskegee Institute (University).
On March 14, 1992, the Tuskegee University Board of Trustees approved the Tuskegee University National Association’s recommendation to rename the Nurses Home in her honor. The renaming of the building in her honor was spearheaded by Nursing Alumni Dr. Doris Nearror Starks.
She was honored on April 10, 1992 at the Eighth Annual Scholarly Events Day, held at The School of Nursing and Allied Health.
The Tuskegee National Alumni Association paid tribute to Dr. Harvey at their 5th Biennial Convention (August 12-16, 1992) in Boston, MA.