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Marian Ware Chair in Gerontology:
Mary Naylor

Dr. Mary D. Naylor, has been named to the Marian S. Ware Chair in Gerontology effective February 1.

Dr. Naylor's appointment to the Ware Chair is made in recognition of her "stellar achievements in advancing research, education, and practice initiatives in gerontological nursing." She has garnered a national and international reputation as a geriatric scholar reflecting her humanistic concern for treating the elderly with knowledge and respect.

"Dr. Naylor personifies the very best leadership characteristics as an intellectual, scholar, and teacher; and reflects the requisite characteristics of an exemplar Penn professor," said School of Nursing Dean Afaf Meleis.

Dr. Naylor's distinguished record of scholarship has long served as a model for junior faculty members. This appointment to the Ware chair is particularly suited to her role as Co-Director of the Center for Gerontologic Nursing Science, as Faculty Co-Director of Living Independently for Elders (LIFE), and as the current Ralston House Term Professor in Gerontologic Nursing.

Dr. Naylor served as associate dean and director of undergraduate studies from 1986 through 1998. She earned her Ph.D. from Penn in 1982 and her M.S.N. from Penn in 1973. She took her B.S.N. in 1971 at Villanova. Since 1993 she has also been a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Before joining the Penn faculty in 1986, Dr. Naylor was a professional staff member and fellow for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and chairman of the department of nursing at Thomas Jefferson University.

The Marian S. Ware Chair is a gift from Carol Ware Gates and the Oxford Foundation to the School of Nursing, for the chair which is named for Carol's mother, Marion Ware. This chair serves to underscore the commitment of the Oxford Foundation to improving the delivery of quality health care through support of innovative research, education and practice. It also represents a complement to the John H. Ware 3rd Endowed Professorship in Alzheimer's Research in the School of Medicine. As such, appointment to the Marian S. Ware Endowed Professorship shall be to a faculty member of the School of Nursing with expertise in gerontology and research interest in the care of the frail elderly.

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 22, February 12, 2002


February 12, 2002
Volume 48 Number 22

A new chair in gerontology for Dr. Naylor in Nursing.
A new chair in chemical engineering for Dr. Vohs.
The SAS Dean's Forum focuses on the Human Genome.
SEAS bridges the Digital Divide in Ghana with a grant from HP.
The Faculty Senate proposes a revision to procedures for the establishment, merger and closing of departments, divisions and similar entities.
The 2002 Models of Excellence Awards honor the contributions of staff achievements in a variety of settings across campus.
HR unveils a new Health and Wellness program for faculty and staff.
Time to plan for summer: Penn Camps for Children range from anthropology to volleyball.