University of Rochester School of Nursing Establishes Brody Professorship

First professor named to position

December 17, 1998

The University of Rochester School of Nursing has established the new Ruth Miller Brody and Bernard B. Brody Nursing Professorship. The Brody’s daughters, Sarah Epstein, of Palo Alto, California, and Rachel Bandych, of Fairport, New York, sponsored the professorship to honor their parents.

Jane M. Kirschling, R.N., D.N.S., professor of Nursing and associate dean for Academic Affairs, is the first to be named to the Brody professorship. Kirschling left Oregon Health Sciences University School of Nursing in 1996 to join the University of Rochester School of Nursing. She serves in leadership roles on many local and national nursing and hospital boards. Deeply committed to the role of nurses in end-of-life issues, she is a member of the National Hospice Association board.

The Brodys have been committed to supporting the School of Nursing since Ruth graduated from the School in 1942. After earning a master’s degree from Columbia University, she joined the faculty of the University of Rochester School of Nursing as assistant director in 1949. She was director of the School from 1951 to 1954, before retiring to raise their children. Ruth remained active in local nurse associations and various nursing leadership groups for many years.

Dr. Brody received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1951 and served his internship and residency at Strong Memorial Hospital. He became an attending physician at Genesee Hospital in 1967 and served as director of Clinical Labs there until 1981, and as senior vice president of Medical Affairs from 1971 to 1981. Concurrently, he was an attending physician at Strong and a professor of Pathology and Medicine from 1981 to 1990, prior to his retirement.

Dr. Brody was actively involved with the Freedom Forum (formerly Gannett Foundation) from 1980 to 1997, and was the personal physician of its founder and CEO Alan Neuharth.

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