BLOOMINGTON - Alma S. Woolley of Catonsville, Md., formerly of Bloomington, died Saturday (Dec. 17, 2005) in Baltimore, Md.
She was born in New York City on Oct. 3, 1931. She attended Public School 71, Hunter College High School, and Queens College of the City University of New York. In 1954, she received the bachelor of science in nursing from the Cornell University A? New York Hospital School of Nursing. During the next several years, she worked for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Mary Immaculate Hospital, Philadelphia General Hospital, and Jefferson Medical College Hospital, and as an instructor in the School of Nursing of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She received her masterA-s degree in medical-surgical nursing and teaching in 1965, and then taught in the University of PennsylvaniaA-s School of Nursing in the baccalaureate and graduate programs.
After moving to Wildwood, N.J., in 1969, Alma taught at Atlantic Community College and at Stockton State College, where she designed and implemented one of the first baccalaureate nursing programs specifically for registered nurses. In 1980, she earned the doctorate in higher education administration at the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1981 she became director of the School of Nursing at Illinois Wesleyan University. In 1986, she became dean of the School of Nursing of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and retired as professor emeritus in 1996. She then served as visiting professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, Md., and in the graduate nursing program of the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.
Dr. Woolley was a member of numerous professional nursing organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau and the American Association for the History of Nursing. Her publications included journal articles on nursing, nursing education, and nursing history, and a book, A?Learning, Faith, and Caring: History of the Georgetown University School of Nursing, 1903-2000.AR
In 1954, Alma married the Rev. Arthur E. Woolley Jr., and with him served parishes in New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Illinois and Maryland. Their four children, Mariel Rodgers, Capt. Mark Woolley, Dr. Peter Woolley and Maj. Jane Baer, were the great love of both of their lives. In their later years they also enjoyed all their sons- and daughters-in-law and the 12 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at noon today at Mount Calvary Church, 816 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore, Md. 21201. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Barbara ? Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, 420 Guardian Drive, Philadelphia, Pa. 19104-6096. Witzke Funeral Home of Catonsville Inc. is handling arrangements.