Detroit, MI 48202
The Wayne State University College of Nursing invites friends to attend a special program celebrating the life of Dr. Gloria Richardson Smith, former dean of the WSU College of Nursing, and vice president for health programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The memorial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, in room 119 Cohn Memorial Building, in the College of Nursing.
Dr. Smith, 78, died Jan. 14. The memorial will coincide with what would have been her 79th birthday.
Dr. Smith graduated from Wayne State in 1955 and began her career in Detroit as a public health nurse. She received a master’s in public health from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in anthropology from the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities in Cincinnati. She later became dean of nursing at the University of Oklahoma, and was the first nurse named director of the Michigan Department of Public Health. In 1988 she was named dean of the WSU College of Nursing. During her tenure at her alma mater, the State of Michigan Board of Nursing approved the university’s Second Career/Degree program, an accelerated BSN curriculum.
In 1991 she joined the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, where she was a guiding force in a number of funded initiatives that strengthened community-based delivery of health services. She retired in 2001.
The Wayne State University College of Nursing honored Dr. Smith with its Alumna of the Year Award in 2002. She was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1997. She also was a member of the American Public Health Association, Michigan Public Health Association, National League for Nursing, American Academy of Nursing, National Black Nurses Association, Michigan Nurses Association and American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Dr. Smith was a board member of the Better Homes Fund for the Homeless and Battle Creek Health Systems.
For additional details or if you have questions, call the Office of the Dean at 313-577-4104.