Debbie Caughron

Congratulations Debbie Caughron '76 on an induction to the 2024 Allen College Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. The award is for individuals committed to making significant contributions to healthcare, education and within their communities.

During her professional career as an occupational health nurse with Deere & Company, Debbie held many leadership roles and advocated for healthcare education, specifically for occupational health, public health and school nurses. She has spoken on both national and international levels, sharing her knowledge and expertise. In 2010, Debbie was instrumental in helping to orchestrate the largest scholarship fundraiser for Allen College – Donate to Educate. Her passion for education is obvious, as she generously donates a week-long stay at her Florida condo, every other year, making it the most substantial contribution to the fundraising event. In 2021 she established the Debbie Brand Caughron Endowed Scholarship at Allen College designated for a nursing student with a minimum GPA of 3.25.

Debbie is active in in her local communities. She has volunteered at the Jubilee Community Health Clinic, Salvation Army and Northeast Iowa Food Bank. She served on the board of the Crystal Creek Homeowners Association and was instrumental in implementing an AED program at the Bahama Bay Condo Association in Davenport, Florida. She served on the Allen College Alumni Association from 2010-2016 and is a current member of both the UnityPoint Nursing Honor Guard and Allen Foundation board since 2019.

In 2016 Debbie became a member of the Gerard Circle. Gerard Circle is Allen Foundation’s most prestigious giving society. Members achieve this when their giving total reaches $10,000, when they make a $50,000 estate gift or a combination of bequests, gifts or pledges totaling $50,000 or more.