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General Clara Adams-Ender

MSN, RN, FAAN (Ret.)

Brigadier General

United States Army, Retired

General Adams-Ender is Executive Director of Caring About People With Enthusiasm (CAPE) Legacy Fund, Inc., a nonprofit foundation with 501(c)(3) status. The foundation is dedicated to raising funds to help students of modest means complete their college education. The foundation also partners with other nonprofit organizations to ensure that funds are made available to as many needy students as possible. She is a charismatic, knowledgeable and inspiring leader and speaker, and one never leaves her presence without being impressed by these qualities. In 2001, she published her memoir entitled “My Rise to the Stars.”


General Adams-Ender is a life member, Council on Foreign Relations, past Chairman, Board of Directors, THE ROCKS, INC., past Chairman, Board of Directors, Andrews Federal Credit Union, Charter Member, Board of Visitors, U.S. Marine Corps University and Past Member, Board of Medicine, Commonwealth of Virginia. She has received many awards for her community work and service, including the Roy Wilkins Meritorious Service Award of the NAACP, Gertrude E. Rush Award for Leadership, National Bar Association and the Distinguished Service Medal with Oakleaf Cluster.  In 1996.  Working Woman magazine recognized her as one of 350 women who changed the world from 1976-1996, and the Virginia Foundation for Women honored her as one of seven Outstanding Virginia Women in history in 2005. In 2009, NC Agricultural and Technical State University, her undergraduate alma mater, bestowed an honor by naming the Brigadier General Clara Adams-Ender Distinguished Professorship in the School of Nursing. In 2013, she was honored by the American Academy of Nursing as a Living Legend and the United States Army War College named her as their first outstanding female graduate. In 2015, the University of Minnesota, her graduate school alma mater, bestowed an honor by naming the Brigadier General Clara L. Adams-Ender Distinguished Chair in the School of Nursing. In 2019, she was inducted into the Army Womens Foundation Hall of Fame.