An interview with Stony Brook alumna Bonnie Astor ’73, painter, photographer and mixed-media artist who was also a nurse for 30 years, is featured in SB Matters, where she discusses her unusual path in life.
Astor was an artist on The Statesman and switched majors to nursing during her junior year at Stony Brook. While art was her passion, she shifted her career focus after her father’s death and had a fulfilling career as a community health nurse. After moving to Seattle with her family to work as a mental health nurse, she started teaching art workshops. Now, Astor is back home in New York, eager to reconnect with her roots in the arts.
Astor is an art specialist at AHRC, where she integrates artists with cognitive and developmental disabilities into the community. She remains connected to Stony Brook in many ways. In 2020, she established the Jeffrey Alan Astor Endowed Scholarship Fund for Stony Brook University nursing students studying oncology and pediatrics. The scholarship honors her brother, who passed away from leukemia at only two years old.
Read the full interview on SB Matters.