- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 29, 2005

Alma S. Woolley, 74, nursing school dean

Alma S. Woolley, former dean of the School of Nursing at Georgetown University, died Dec. 17 in Baltimore. She was 74.

Born in New York City on Oct. 3, 1931, Mrs. Woolley attended Public School 71, Hunter College High School and Queens College of the City University of New York. In 1954, she received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Cornell University-New York Hospital School of Nursing.

During the next several years, Mrs. Woolley worked for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Mary Immaculate Hospital, Philadelphia General Hospital and Jefferson Medical College Hospital. She also worked as an instructor in the School of Nursing of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and received her master’s degree in medical-surgical nursing and teaching in 1965, going on to teach in the baccalaureate and graduate programs of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing.

After moving to Wildwood, N.J., in 1969, Mrs. Woolley taught at Atlantic Community College and at Stockton State College, where she designed and implemented one of the first baccalaureate nursing programs specifically for registered nurses.

In 1980, she earned a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1981, she became director of the School of Nursing at Illinois Wesleyan University.

In 1986, Mrs. Woolley became dean of the School of Nursing at Georgetown University in the District.

She retired as professor emeritus in 1996 and then served as a visiting professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore and in the Graduate Nursing Program of the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda.

Mrs. Woolley was a member of numerous professional organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau and the American Association for the History of Nursing. Her publications included journal articles on nursing, nursing education and nursing history, as well as a book, “Learning, Faith and Caring: History of the Georgetown University School of Nursing, 1903-2000.”

Mrs. Woolley married the Rev. Arthur E. Woolley in 1954. The couple had four children: Mariel Rodgers, Capt. Mark Woolley, Dr. Peter Woolley and Maj. Jane Baer; and 12 grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, 420 Guardian Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

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