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William F. Connell School of Nursing

In Memoriam

dean emeritus rita p. kelleher


Dean Emeritus Rita P. Kelleher, a pioneer in the advancement of baccalaureate nursing, died November 2, 2009 at the age of 101. Kelleher joined the school of nursing as its first faculty member in 1947. She was appointed dean the following year and served until 1968. After stepping down from the dean’s post, Kelleher taught in the nursing school and served as interim dean for one year until her retirement from Boston College in 1973. She loved nursing and she most especially loved Boston College Nursing. Kelleher will long be remembered by the profession and by the many faculty and students whose lives she so wisely helped to shape. She set a standard of excellence that truly leaves each of us who follow her trying “Ever to Excel.”

Read more about Rita Kelleher's life and accomplishments in this article from the Spring/Summer 2008 issue of the Voice »