In Memory of Barbara L Tate RN., Ed.D (August 6, 1921 - May 26, 2011)
Louise Tate, R.N., Ed.D., 89, the former Dean of the College of Nursing, University of Rhode Island died peacefully at her home in Peace Dale, RI, on May 26, 2011. Dr. Tate was Dean of from 1969 to 1984. During her tenure White Hall was designed and built to house the College of Nursing. Dr. Tate supervised the development of the Master’s in Nursing program and laid the foundation for the PhD program. She encouraged the College’s efforts to form a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and in 1980 Delta Upsilon was charted as the 114th chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.
Dr. Tate graduated from Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing, Montclair, NJ in 1942; obtained her B.A. from Elmira College, Elmira, NY in 1945; and earned a M.A. in 1951 and a Doctorate of Education in 1961 from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Tate dedicated her long career to the advancement of nursing and nursing education. She was the director of Research and Studies Service at the National League for Nursing, New York, NY; editor of Nursing Research; research associate for the Division of Nursing at Teachers College, Columbia University; associate director of the School of Nursing, St. Luke’s Hospital, New York, NY; taught nursing at the College of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, the School of Nursing, St. Luke’s Hospital, and the School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD; and was an R.N. at Mountainside Hospital, Montclair, NJ.
Among her many accomplishments Dr. Tate was the recipient of two Fulbright Scholarships in 1977 and 1983. She authored and co-authored numerous papers and articles for National League for Nursing, Rhode Island Medical Journal, American Journal of Nursing, International Nursing Review, Nursing Research, and Nursing Outlook; served as project director of a number of studies for National League for Nursing, the Florence Nightingale Foundation, and Columbia University; and as consultant to the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
She served on the Board of Directors for Nurses Educational Funds, Inc.; Board of Trustees for Rhode Island Health Services Research, Inc.; Editorial Review Board for Nursing and Health Care; Executive Committee to New England Council on Higher Education in Nursing; and South County Hospital Board of Directors.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the “Barbara L. Tate Scholarship in Nursing” c/o URI Foundation, 79 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881 or to South County Hospital, Development Office, 100 Kenyon Avenue, Wakefield, RI 02879.