Founders – Julia Quinlan
Julia Quinlan is the President and Co-founder of Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice. Together with her late husband Joseph T. Quinlan she opened the hospice in 1980 in loving memory of their daughter Karen Ann. During these last three decades, Julia has selflessly dedicated herself to ensuring dignified, comforting care for terminally ill patients and their families.
Julia’s enduring spirit lives in our community; however it is shared wherever she is needed. She still serves as Chairman of the board of governors of the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice; she is enlisted in speaking engagements around the country, and does so tirelessly and with a quiet courage that today educates and enlightens all of us on the topic of dying surrounded by love and dignity. She has received numerous awards for her advocacy on behalf of hospice and is the co-author of Karen Ann (Doubleday), and the author of My Joy, My Sorrow (St Anthony Messenger Press), which was released in July 2005. She is currently working on a third book.
To continue her mission of spreading the work of hospice and the history of the landmark case, Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation is always pleased to extend an invitation to your agency or organization to have Julia Quinlan speak at one of your events. Please call the office of Marketing and Advancement at Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice at (800) 882-1117 or contact us through this website for more information or requests.
Julia Quinlan is a living testament to a durable strength of character that has not wavered in leading the Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation and all of its programs.