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AACN Remembers Ellen Rudy, former Dean at the University of Pittsburgh, 1936-2018

Published January 09, 2019

Ellen RudyAACN is mourning the loss of (Mary) Ellen Beam Rudy, who passed away on December 22, 2018 at the age of 82. During her tenure as dean at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Rudy was an active member of AACN, including service on the Board of Directors.

Raised in Moundsville, West Virginia, Dr. Rudy attended The Ohio State University, where she received her BSN. She went on to receive a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Dayton and a master’s degree in nursing at the University of Maryland. She worked as a nurse instructor at Johns Hopkins University, and then received her PhD in nursing at Case Western Reserve University. She served as the Associate Dean for research while there.

Dr. Rudy’s career culminated in her 10-year tenure as Dean of Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Rudy was widely published, and she co-authored several textbooks. She was honored with numerous awards, including the Ohio State University College of Nursing Outstanding Alumni Award, and was named a "Living Legend" by the American Academy of Nursing. In 2007, she came out of retirement to serve as Interim Dean at the College of Nursing at Marquette University.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Ohio State University College of Nursing fund #303492, 116 Newton Hall, 1585 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH 43210; the Ellen B. Rudy Endowed Scholarship for Nursing Leaders, c/o University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Forbes Tower Suite 8084, 3600 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213; or Case Western Reserve Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, c/o Development Office, 10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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