Soror Vivian Lorene Blakeney Traylor
Vivian Lorean Blakeney Traylor was born to Dillion Blakeney and Maggier Traylor in Richmond County, South Carolina on February 10, 1932. Vivian grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina where she attended primary and secondary schools. After graduation, she attended Johnson C. Smith College until she left to care for her ailing mother. She returned to school, attained her RN degree at Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Charlotte, and eventually acquired her BA and MBA degrees in Health Care Administration from National University in San Diego.
After becoming an RN, Vivian met and married her husband, John Traylor. Vivian was the beautiful young nurse who cared for John’s father at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland where she found employment in the late 50s. The marriage lasted for 49 years until John passed in 2006. This union resulted in four children: David, John Jr. Gloria Elizabeth, and Lisa Ann.
The family moved to San Diego in the mid 1960s, and Vivian became employed at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center where remained for 26 years and received the Outstanding Performance Award three times during her tenure as a nurse administrator. Vivian also served as Associate Director for Patient Services/Financial Counseling and as Administrative Liaison to the San Diego physician community.
Vivian Traylor was a strong believer in life-long learning. She was a Health Sciences Instructor/Facilitator for San Diego City College and also served on the San Diego Community College Health Associations of Health Access Management, including an officer of the California Health Unit Coordinators (CHUC).
Vivian was a member of Bethel African American Methodist Episcopal Church before joining Christian Fellowship Church - Untied Church of Christ. She was active with the NAACP, the San Diego TEMA Society, the San Diego Black Nurse’s Association and a volunteer with the Reading Programs at Kennedy and Hamilton Elementary Schools, Euclid Senior Citizen Program, “10 Friends of KGTV and the Lyceum Theater. Vivian was an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and served as an officer in several capacities including Chapter Historian, Job Corp Ambassador and was an active member of many committees including the Debutante Ball, Scholarship Committees. the Seniors Committee, Health Care and Award committees. She often volunteered to do blood pressure checks and health lectures at various venues for her church, UCSD Medical Center and her beloved sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Inc., Epsilon Xi Omega Chapter. Vivian was a avid reader and traveler. She loved to sing the AKA hymn and remembered every word until her passing. Vivian Traylor leaves to mourn, her daughter Lisa and host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, relatives, sorority sisters and friends.