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Memoir

Deborah J. Oakley
Regents' Proceedings 330

Deborah J. Oakley, Ph.D., professor of nursing in the School of Nursing, will retire from active faculty status on May 31, 2002.

Professor Oakley received her B.A. degree (1958) from Swarthmore College, her M.A. degree (1960) from Brown University, and her M.P.H. (1969) and Ph.D. (1977) degrees from the University of Michigan. She served as a research assistant from 1964-77 before joining the faculty in 1977 as an assistant professor of community health in the School of Public Health and faculty associate in the East Asian Studies Center. She moved to the School of Nursing as assistant professor of nursing in 1979 and was promoted to associate professor in 1981 and professor in 1989.

Professor Oakley introduced research-relevant information technology into course activities; developed and taught doctoral seminars on nursing and health policy, globalization, culture, and women's health; and was a major contributor to improving the quality of undergraduate research at the University. She worked with colleagues to introduce more accurate measurement methods into the study of oral contraceptive use and to study maternity care, and she made a persuasive case for more sophisticated analytic techniques in this field. Within the University, Professor Oakley has served as a member of the Institutional Review Board, the research committee for the UMHS Center of Excellence in Women's Health, the University Health Service Periodic Health Appraisal Unit, and the School of Nursing Executive Committee. More broadly, she has chaired the population and family planning section of the American Public Health Association and served as interim director of the Center for Nursing Research. She has also
held visiting faculty positions at The Johns Hopkins University, University of California-San Francisco, and Peking University in Beijing, China.

The Regents now salute this faculty member by naming Deborah J. Oakley professor emerita of nursing.