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UW School of Nursing remembers dean emeritus Rheba de Tornyay

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Rheba de Tornyay, RN

The distinguished career of a nursing pioneer and University of Washington faculty member came to a close on Sept. 27 with the death of Dean Emeritus Rheba de Tornyay, RN, EdD, FAAN, 87, according to a representative of the UW School of Nursing.

De Tornyay served as dean of the UW School of Nursing from 1975 to 1986 and as a faculty member until 1996, according to an obituary posted on the school’s website.

De Tornyay authored the book, “Strategies for Teaching Nursing,” which became a standard in the field.

Her professional achievements were numerous: She earned a BSN from San Francisco State University in 1951, a master’s in education from San Francisco State University in 1954, and and EdD from Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., in 1967. Her first faculty position was at the University of California, San Francisco. She was named a Living Legend in 1995 by AAN.

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