Ware Chair in Gerontology:
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.
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
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.