Ella Payne Moran, 86, a retired coordinator of the practical nursing program at the Margaret Murray Washington Vocational High School who received a number of honors for her work, died of respiratory failure March 14 at Howard University Hospital.
Mrs. Moran was born in Washington and lived in the city at the time of her death. She graduated from Dunbar High School and Howard University and received a certificate as a dietician at the old Freedmen's Hospital. In 1945, she received a master's degree from New York University.
In 1926, she took a job as a dietician at a hospital in Kansas City, Mo. She later taught in North Carolina and West Virginia.
In 1936, Mrs. Moran returned here and joined the D.C. public school system as a teacher of home economics at Armstrong Technical High School. Three years later, she joined the faculty at the Washington Vocational School as a teacher of practical nursing.
During World War II, she began to work toward the establishment of an accredited practical nursing course at Washington Vocational High. This came to pass in 1947 and it was the first program of its kind in the District. In 1952, a program of evening classes was accredited. Mrs. Moran remained the director of this work until she retired in 1968.
She was a past president of the National Capital Association of the American Vocational Education Association and she contributed articles to various professional publications.
Mrs. Moran's numerous honors included a director-of-the-year award from the National Association of Practical Nurse Education and Service in 1962. She also received a superior performance award from the old D.C. Board of Commissioners, the general alumni award from Howard University, the classroom teachers medal of the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge, and an Agnes and Eugene Meyer fellowship for foreign travel.
Her husband, James Herbert Moran, died in 1956. Survivors include a brother, John E. Payne Sr. of Washington.