Briefly: Former School of Nursing dean dies

Florence Wald NUR ’41 GRD ’56, the founder of hospice care in the United States and the dean of the Yale School of Nursing from 1959 to 1966, passed away this past Saturday at the age of 91. A funeral service was held Wednesday in Battell Chapel honoring her memory. “We at Yale were privileged to have Florence Wald with us for over 50 years,” Yale School of Nursing Dean Margaret Grey said in a statement. “In her passing, we have lost a dear friend and an extraordinary leader and visionary who put the needs of the underserved as a primary life focus.” Among her numerous honors and awards, Wald, a 1938 Mount Holyoke College graduate, was a member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the American Nurses’ Association Hall of Fame and the Connecticut Hall of Fame. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, and is survived by their children, Joel and Shari, and five grandchildren.

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