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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Kelleher Award

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The Dean Rita P. Kelleher Award recognizes an alumnus/a of the Connell School of Nursing (CSON) who is an accomplished nursing leader. The recipient epitomizes the BC nurse and following in Kelleher's footsteps, is an accomplished nursing leader, an ethically aware scientist, or a skilled and inquisitive clinician.


Cecilia McVey '72
Awarded May 30, 2015


Martha Jurchak, Ph.D. ’96 (below right)
Ellen Robinson, M.S. ’83, Ph.D. ’97 (below left)
Awarded May 31, 2014

Ellen Robinson, M.S. ’83, Ph.D. ’97 and Martha Jurchak, Ph.D. ’96


Mimi Pomerleau, M.S. '95                                                                                                Awarded June 1, 2013



Mairead Hickey '72                                                                                                Awarded June 1, 2012



Ann Riley Finck '66                                                                                                Awarded June 3, 2011



Genevieve V. Foley '66                                                                                            Awarded June 5, 2010



Elizabeth (Betsy) Brown '85                                                                               Awarded May 30, 2009



About Dean Rita Kelleher

Dean Rita Kelleher

Dean Kelleher came to Boston College as the nursing school's first faculty member in September 1947. Just six months later, she was named dean, a role she held for two decades until she resigned in 1968. With the exception of a one-year stint as acting dean, she returned to full-time teaching and retired in 1973 after a 26-year association with the School. In 1987, Chancellor J. Donald Monan, S.J., then president, named Kelleher dean emeritus. Dean Kelleher died on November 2, 2009 at the age of 101, leaving a legacy that is still felt today.