School of Nursing Hall of Fame

Rita M. Carty, RN, PhD, FAAN

Photo of Dr. Rita M. Carty

Dr. Rita M. Carty is a 1965 graduate of Duquesne University School of Nursing. The pursuit of knowledge and the sharing that knowledge has marked her career.

In 1978, Dr. Carty joined the Department of Nursing at George Mason University as an associate professor and later became the chair of the department. She led a campaign to establish a School of Nursing there and was appointed its first dean. She stepped down in her deanship in 2001 and remains Dean Emeritus as well as the longest seated dean in the university's history.

Dr. Carty received a Master of Science in Nursing degree and her doctorate from The Catholic University of America. She has published and consulted extensively and has served as president of the

American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She directed the Collaboration Center for Nursing and Midwifery of the World Health Organization and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing as well as a 1992 recipient of the Chief Nurse Award from the United States Public Health Service.
Dr. Carty's achievements reveal a dedication to nursing education and the advancement of the nursing profession as well as her loyal support of Duquesne University and its School of Nursing. It is for these achievements we honor her.

Sister Mary Jean Flaherty, RN, PhD

Photo of Sister Mary Jean FlahertySister Mary Jean Flaherty has a distinguished career as clinician, educator, researcher and consultant.

Focusing early in her career on maternal child health, she served at several hospitals and was director of the Education Department at Magee Womens Hospital. She later became the associate director of education at the National Center for Family Studies at The Catholic University of America as well as dean of nursing at that university.

A member of the Sisters of Charity, she has been an educator of diploma, BSN, advanced practice and PhD students. She has been published in 30 peer-reviewed journals, eight guest editorials and five formal reports. At present, she serves on the review panels of three nursing journals.

The World Health Organization has honored her for establishing the first BSN program in Indonesia, and she has been a member of many boards, including the China Medical Board. In addition, she has been a consultant and evaluator for the Middle States and Southern Educational Regions Review boards as well as for the National League for Nursing.

We are honored to recognize Sister Mary Jean Flaherty whose life and work embody the spirit and mission of Duquesne University and its School of Nursing.

Sister Louise Grundish, BSN, MEd, MNEd, RN

Photo of Sister Louise GrundishSister Louise Grundish has spent a lifetime in service to others and to the advancement of nursing. Her career spans 50 years in nursing practice, education and administration, primarily at Pittsburgh Hospital, where she was supervisor, instructor of nursing students and director of the nursing school. She holds BSN and MEd degrees from Duquesne University, an MNEd degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a certificate in gerontology.

In service to the profession and advancement of nursing, she has been a member of the boards of directors of the Pennsylvania League for Nursing and Pennsylvania State Nursing Association, an organization that honored her with its District 6 Nurse of the Year award. In her religious community, the Sisters of Charity, she has taken on responsibilities ranging from health director to vocation director, counselor and archivist.

Her commitment to the Duquesne University School of Nursing has been in evidence over the decades. Her guidance, knowledge and support are valued by the School and its Alumni Association, for which she has chaired multiple committees, as well as serving as president and on its board of directors. For her service to nursing and her support of Duquesne University School of Nursing, we honor Sister Louise Grundish.

Patricia L. Valoon, RN, MSN

Photo of Patricia ValoonUntil her retirement in 1998, Patricia Valoon served as chief nursing administrator at New York University Medical Center, where she was recognized as an innovator and honored as a mentor. Her career, which began in pediatrics, exemplifies a desire to create an atmosphere of caring, collaboration and best practices in nursing. She has authored numerous articles on the value of collaboration among health care professionals, and she has been awarded The Distinguished Colleague Award for Contributions to Clinical Enterprise from by NYU Medical Center.

She is known nationally for her contributions to nursing. As tribute, NYU inaugurated the Patricia Valoon Lecture Series in 1996. Following her retirement, she served as executive director of the New York Organization of Nurse Executives.

After returning to Pittsburgh, she became active in the Duquesne Nursing Alumni Association, helping to grow an organization for which she has served as president, as a member of the board of directors and as a committee chair.

She serves on the Health Ministry and Social Justice Committee of her church, works with Symphony North, and she is a genuine example of the spirit of Duquesne University and its School of Nursing.