Myrtle “Kitch” Aydelotte, friend of School
The School of Nursing lost a dear friend and supporter when nursing leader and innovator Myrtle “Kitch” Aydelotte, RN, PhD, passed away on Jan. 7 at the age of 92.
Aydelotte, who served in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II, had a long and distinguished professional career, including positions as founding dean and professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing, director of Nursing at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and as executive director of the American Nurses’ Association in Kansas City. A prolific author and recipient of numerous awards, Aydelotte was involved with many professional organizations. She was a member of the National League for Nursing, served for a time as CEO of the American Nurses Association, and was a past president of Sigma Theta Tau International Honorary Society for Nursing. Aydelotte, who was also named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, is considered a national authority on societal change and its effect on health care delivery.
“Nursing encompasses an art, a humanistic orientation, a feeling for the value of the individual, and an intuitive sense of ethics, and of the appropriateness of action taken.”
~ Myrtle Aydelotte Aydelotte moved to Rochester following her retirement to be near family. While in the area, she developed strong ties to the School of Nursing and became close friends with many faculty and staff members. She was revered for her contributions to the field of nursing and will be missed by many.
Donations in Aydelotte’s memory may be made to the University of Iowa School of Nursing, University of Iowa Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52244, the University of Rochester School of Nursing, Office of Development, 300 E. River Rd., Box 278996, Rochester, NY 14627, or the St. John’s Home Foundation, 150 Highland Ave., Rochester, NY 14620.
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