- The Washington Times - Monday, April 23, 2007

Genevieve Mary Clinton, a former associate dean of the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, died April 17 in her D.C. home after a six-year fight against inflammatory breast cancer. She died on her 75th birthday.

Mrs. Clinton was born April 17, 1932, in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and grew up in Baudette and International Falls, Minn. She attended the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., and became a Benedictine nun.

She became a revered nursing teacher at St. Scholastica and Ball State University in Indiana.

When she was 35, she left her convent; while studying for her doctorate at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, she met her future husband, Charles J. Clinton.

The couple moved to the District, where Mrs. Clinton joined the faculty of Georgetown’s nursing school as an associate professor. In the mid-1970s, she was promoted to associate dean.

While studying for a doctorate at American University and working full time, Mrs. Clinton worked part time as night nursing coordinator at Georgetown Hospital, and later at the Hospice at the Washington Home.

As associate dean for curriculum, Mrs. Clinton implemented Dorothy Orem’s revolutionary theory of nursing, which saw a nurse as an independent practitioner rather than a physician’s assistant.

Mrs. Clinton’s efforts earned the school accreditation by the National League for Nursing.

“We will all be known from the tracks we leave,” said the dean of Georgetown’s nursing school, Bette Keltner. “Georgetown’s nursing program has a marvelous heritage, and Mary Clinton was an integral part of its formation.”

After leaving Georgetown in 1981, Mrs. Clinton became the director of nursing at Collingswood Nursing Center in Rockville.

She left Collingswood in 1986 and began training to become a certified nursing home administrator. Once certified, Mrs. Clinton worked at Fox Chase Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Silver Spring and was later promoted to administrator, a post she held for 14 years.

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan awarded a certificate of recognition on her retirement Sept. 30, 2003.

Mrs. Clinton’s other passions included genealogy and writing family history. In 1994, she compiled her maternal family history. In 2002, she and her husband finished a four-volume set recording her immediate family’s history in the District.

Mrs. Clinton is survived by her husband; two daughters, MaryAnn Bombardier of Potomac Falls and Meghan Clinton of Alexandria; two brothers, Charles Johnson of Los Angeles and Robert Johnson of Houston; and a sister, Carolyn Gay of St. Paul, Minn.

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