In Memory: Dr. Luther Christman

Dr. Luther Christman in 1980.

I just learned that Dr. Luther Christman died on June 7, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 96.

I first met Dr. Christman when I was in graduate school at the University of Illinois at the Medical Center (now UIC) and he was the Dean at “the college across the street” (Rush University). Years later, I had the honor to introduce him for a presentation at the Biennial Conference for Sigma Theta Tau. My memory is that he was a gracious, warm, and truly genuine man.

His contributions to the profession of nursing are numerous and legendary. Over the past few days, I’ve enjoyed reading various remembrances of his life. I’ll share a few links for all of you:

Obituary from the Chicago Sun-Times
From RushIn Person, a nice tribute from the Rush Archives
From the University of Michigan School of Nursing
Article at

Elizabeth Pittman has written a biography of Dr. Christman; a preview can be viewed here. It can be purchased at the site or as a Kindle book from Amazon.

It seems as if the one thing he didn’t do was serve as an Editor of a journal! Can someone correct me if I’m wrong about that? Thanks!

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