A pioneer of the practitioner-teacher model for nursing education, a champion of advanced clinical degrees for nurses and the nation’s first male dean of a school of nursing, Luther Christman, PhD, RN, emeritus dean of Rush University College of Nursing, died June 7, 2011.
Christman was the College of Nursing’s founding dean and the vice president for nursing affairs at then Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center from 1972 until his retirement in 1987. There, he shaped the field of nursing by implementing the Rush Model for Nursing, which included the merging of nursing education and practice, as well as primary nursing as a means to improve patient care.
Christman also helped establish the National Male Nurse Association (now the American Assembly for Men in Nursing), was honored with the first Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award from Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society and was inducted into the American Nurses Association Hall of Fame.
Gifts in Christman’s memory can be directed to the Dorothy and Luther Christman Endowed Scholarship for Nursing at Rush by visiting www.rush.edu/giveonline or contacting Alex Kwak at (312) 942-6112 or firstname.lastname@example.org.