connell school alumni
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
Mimi Pomerleau, M.S. '95 Awarded June 1, 2013
Mairead Hickey '72 Awarded June 1, 2012
Genevieve V. Foley '66 Awarded June 5, 2010
Elizabeth (Betsy) Brown '85 Awarded May 30, 2009
About 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.