In Memoriam: Colleen Marie Conway-Welch, 1944-2018

Colleen Conway-Welch the former dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing died on October 12. She was 74 years old and had suffered from cancer.

A native of Monticello, Iowa, Dr. Conway-Welch attended 17 different schools by the time she was in the seventh grade due to the fact that her father worked in construction and moved frequently. Dr. Conway-Welch enrolled at the Georgetown University School of Nursing in Washington, D.C., at the age of 16. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown and went on to earn a master’s degree at the Catholic University of America and a doctorate at New York University.

After working in Honolulu and San Francisco, Dr. Conway-Welch accepted an offer to direct the nurse-midwifery program at the University of Colorado Health Science Center in Denver. In 1984, she became dean of the School of Nursing at Vanderbilt University and served in that role for 29 years. In 2013 she retired and was named dean emerita.

During her time as dean, Dr. Conway-Welch established an accelerated master’s degree program, a Ph.D. program, and a doctor of nursing practice program.


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