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The School of Nursing Mourns the Loss of Louise Fitzpatrick

Louise Fitzpatrick, dean of the College of Nursing at Villanova University and proud alumna of the Catholic University School of Nursing passed away early this morning.   

Under her leadership, the College of Nursing at Villanova University developed into a premier nursing program, recognized repeatedly by the National League for Nursing (NLN) as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. She expanded the College’s academic programs, including initiating the master’s and doctoral programs, as well as an accelerated BSN program for second-degree students. Dr. Fitzpatrick developed distance learning strategies and clinical simulation initiatives with a focus on scholarship and research. During her tenure, three centers were established: the Center for Nursing Research, the Center for Global and Public Health, and the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education. She nurtured a culture of intellectual excellence in teaching and inquiry, service to others and nursing as a healing ministry. She fully committed herself to helping others, both at home and abroad. She sought to globalize the College of Nursing through study abroad and health promotion experiences for students in countries around the world. She also emphasized multicultural experiences in underserved areas in the United States.

Funeral arrangements have just been scheduled for Wednesday, September 6 in the St. Thomas of Villanova church on campus.  Viewing will take place from 5:00 to 6:45 pm, with the Mass at 7:00 pm.  Burial will be the following day in her home town in New Jersey.

Donations can be made in the Dean’s honor to the Dean M. Louise Fitzpatrick Fund at Villanova University College of Nursing.