July 18, 1933 – July 24, 2016
Gertrude Torres of Akron, a nationally renowned nursing educator and consultant, died Sunday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Clarence, where she had been a resident since May. She was 83.
As a consultant, several times she was hired by colleges to bring them into compliance for accreditation. In addition to correcting bachelor’s degree programs, she established master’s degree programs.
At D’Youville College from 1981 to 1989, she was a professor, dean of academic affairs and vice president of the college.
“She taught nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy to thousands of students here,” her colleague Carol Batra said.
Born in Manhattan, she earned her diploma as a registered nurse in 1953 at Flower and Fifth Avenue Hospital in New York City.
While working as a public health nurse in New York City, she completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1956 from Columbia University and went on to earn a master’s degree in teaching and curriculum and community health nursing, also from Columbia.
Ms. Torres then served as an instructor in hospital-based nursing schools in New York City while completing a master’s degree in student personnel service in higher education at Columbia. While working on her doctorate in administration of nursing education programs and curriculum, also at Columbia, she was an assistant professor of nursing at Molloy College in Rockville Center and Northwestern State University in Louisiana.
She was a consultant with the National League for Nursing, which provides accreditation for nursing education programs, from 1972 to 1975, when she became dean of the School of Nursing and a professor at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She was serving as a private curriculum consultant when she came to D’Youville.
She went from D’Youville to Misericordia College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., where she served for three years as chairwoman of the Health Sciences Division and head of the Nursing Department.
An Akron resident for nearly 20 years, she had been a part-time professor and guest lecturer at D’Youville since 1997. In 2001, she became executive director of the Professional Nurses Association of Western New York, which provides home health care services.
Ms. Torres spoke extensively at conferences and published 12 books and 26 chapters and articles in numerous Professional Nursing Association publications. Her books included “Curriculum Revision In Baccalaureate Nursing Education” and “Theoretical Foundations of Nursing.” She also served on editorial boards of several nursing journals.
She received the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards in 1978, 1979 and 1980.
In her younger years, she enjoyed riding motorcycles and piloting speedboats.
Survivors include a sister, Barbara Kanter, and two close friends, Carol Batra and Dr. Darlene Anderson.
There will be no services.