Rheba de Tornyay received a bachelor's degree in nursing from San Francisco State University in 1951, a master's in education from San Francisco State University in 1954, and a doctorate in education from Stanford University in l967.Rheba de Tornyay
Dr. de Tornyay is Dean Emeritus of the School of Nursing at the University of Washington. Under de Tornyay's leadership, the establishment of a doctoral degree in nursing science came to fruition in 1978. Other highlights of de Tornyay's tenure as dean were the creation of a satellite nursing education program, the development of the first sleep lab in a school of nursing in the country and the establishment of Continuing Nursing Education as a separate division with the School. The annual Elizabeth Sterling Soule lecture series honoring the School's founding dean was initiated by de Tornyay and the School was reorganized into four academic departments.
In 1984, in the first nationwide survey of schools of nursing, the School was selected for the first time as the premier school of nursing in the country. The Nursing Alumni Association also launched the annual Friends of Nursing dinner and Distinguished Alumni Award during de Tornyay's deanship, and the graduate non-matriculated program began.
Dr. de Tornyay recently served on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees. She is a member of the University House Retirement Community Advisory Committee and past president of the UW Retirement Association. In 1999, Rheba de Tornyay was named to the Harborview Medical Center Board of Trustees.
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