Pearl Parvin Coulter

Areas of Achievement: 
Higher Education

Honored By

Honored by: Wilkening, Laurel L.
Date submitted: October 24, 2006
Gift: Gateway Entry and Two Arches with Seating
Honored by: Van Ort, PhD, RD, FAAN, Suzanne
Date submitted: October 24, 2006
Gift: Leaf Tile, Medium

University of Denver, Denver, CO, Biology, Psychology, Education, A.B. 1926
University of Denver, Denver, CO, Biology, Psychology, Education, M.S. 1927
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, Diploma, 1935
George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, TN, Public Health Nursing, 1936
Yale University, New Haven, CT, Graduate Student, Public Health, 1946-47

Professional Nursing Education Positions:
University of Colorado School of Nursing, Instructor of Nursing Arts, 1936-37
George Peabody College for Teachers, Faculty, Public Health Nursing, 1937-41
University of Wisconsin School of Nursing, Madison, 1941-43
University of Colorado, Director of Public Health Nursing, 1943-57
University of Arizona:
--Director School of Nursing, 1957-64
--Founding Dean, College of Nursing 1964-67
--Dean Emerita and Professor of Nursing, 1967-73
--Dean Emerita and Professor Emerita, 1973-2002
**Mrs. Coulter was the first woman academic dean at the University of Arizona

Professional Accomplishments:
Numerous publications in professional journals.

Offices held:
President, Colorado State Nurses' Association, 1945-47
President, Colorado League for Nursing, 1954-56
Board of Directors, National Organization for Public Health Nursing
Second Vice-Chairman, Public Health Nurses' Section, American Nurses' Association
Board of Directors, American Journal of Nursing Company
Executive Committee for Council on Higher Education for Nursing of Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE)
President, Arizona State Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education, 1963-64
Board of Directors, National League for Nursing, 1954-62

Honorary Doctor of Science degree, University of Colorado, 1970
Honorary Doctor of Science degree, University of Arizona, 1983
Pearl McIver Award for public health nursing, American Nurses' Association, 1962
Dean Coulter was a visionary in nursing education in the 1950s and 1960s as baccalaureate nursing education came into its own. Her expectation that graduate nursing education would be essential in building nursing's future through nursing science has come to fruition. She set high standards for nursing and nursing education - and she supported those who endeavored to meet those standards. Her vision for a partnership between the community and the academic enterprise continues to play a significant role in nursing education. Dean Coulter's Commitment to excellence in nursing education and nursing practice served well those of us privileged to benefit from her leadership.