Emerita professor and former administrator Ruth Anderson, PhD, has made a commitment to endow a faculty chair at the Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. The Ruth Anderson Professorship—an unrestricted chair to be appointed at the dean’s discretion—is the school’s 14th endowed chair.
“We are delighted to receive this commitment from an alumna, longtime faculty member and former administrator of the school,” said May Wykle, dean of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. “Ruth’s dedication to the ideals of our profession, professional leadership, and our institution, have already inspired generations of nurses. With this gift, that inspiration will live on in perpetuity.”
A Cleveland native, Anderson graduated from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts with a BA in 1942. She received her MN in 1945 and her MSN in 1954, both from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. In 1966, she received her PhD in Organizational Theory and Behavior from Cornell University. Anderson’s nursing career spanned two stints in the Navy, including service during the Korean War in Japan and Guam, and staff positions at both University Hospitals of Cleveland and the Cleveland Clinic.
Her teaching career began at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in 1954, where from 1983-85 she was associate dean of academic affairs. She was recognized with the title of professor emerita in 1985 by the Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees. She also received the FPB Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumna Award in 1985.
Anderson, who was a reluctant teacher at first, said: “Teaching became a great passion in my life. I wanted to do something that would celebrate the role of teaching and leadership in the profession of nursing and ensure the recruitment of passionate teachers well into the future.”
In addition to assorted professional activities, she was a consultant for numerous nursing organizations and universities and was a contributing editor to the Journal of Nursing Administration, among other scholarly journals. Anderson has been a member of countless nursing organizations and is currently a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, National League for Nursing, Midwest Nursing Research Society, American Association for University Professors, and American Nurses Association, and she is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.