For nearly 40 years, M. Louise Fitzpatrick, EdD, RN, FAAN, faithfully fostered, shaped and nurtured her passion, the Villanova University College of Nursing, into a premier, nationally recognized school. To create her legacy, the Connelly Endowed Dean and Professor did more than rely on evidence-based practice. As an educator and an administrator, she provided new evidence—through her keen vision, independent thinking and pioneering leadership.
Members of the College, Dean Fitzpatrick’s peers and people outside the nursing profession returned her affection and held her in the highest regard. As soon as University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS announced the news of her death Sept. 1, tributes, condolences and recollections from admirers around the globe poured in.