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In Memoriam: Carol Joyce Gray, First Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing


Carol Joyce Gray, first dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON), passed away on April 18, 2023. Gray served as dean from 1983 to 1994, during which time the school established its PhD program and became the nation’s first Peace Corps Fellows/USA Program for nursing.

“Dr. Gray helped set the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing on a foundation of success, and we will be forever grateful for her life and leadership,” says JHSON Dean Sarah Szanton, PhD, RN, FAAN.

Gray was a registered nurse with a doctorate in education from Columbia University. She also attained the rank of Captain in the United States Air Force, spending most of her military career in Oklahoma and Germany. She was a professor and chairman of the nursing department at the University of New Hampshire, as well as associate dean of the school of nursing at the University of Maine.

From 1975 to 1977, Gray worked at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing serving first as curriculum coordinator of undergraduate affairs and later as associate dean of academic affairs. From 1978 to 1981, she served as associate dean of academic affairs for the graduate and undergraduate programs at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing. In 1981, Gray was named director of the Division of Nursing at the Johns Hopkins University.

As written in her obituary, Gray “moved decisively, holding to the vision that nursing education at Johns Hopkins University must conform with the mission of the university and must support a philosophy of academic excellence and exemplary humane practice. Carol excelled in her leadership and was highly regarded by both the university establishment and the many students who attended courses designed by her to carry them on into their careers after graduation.”

You can learn more about Gray at https://www.simcoxmcilvainefuneralhome.com/2023/04/22/carol-joyce-gray-4-18-2023/.


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research, and practice. In U.S. News & World Report rankings, the school is No. 1 nationally for its DNP program and No. 2 for its master’s. In addition, JHSON is ranked as the No. 3 nursing school in the world by QS World University. The school is a five-time recipient of the INSIGHT Into Diversity Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award and a four-time Best School for Men in Nursing award recipient. For more information, visit www.nursing.jhu.edu.

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