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Past Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

2012 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient


John L. and Helen Kellogg Dean and Professor, College of Nursing, Rush University


Melanie Creagan Dreher is a nationally recognized leader in nursing education and cross-cultural nursing research. Since 2006, Dr. Dreher has held the prestigious position of John L. and Helen Kellogg Dean and Professor at Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago, Ill. The professor is renowned for her long-term ethnographic studies on the effects of marijuana use in the rural parts of the island of Jamaica, including how marijuana use by pregnant mothers affects the development of their children. She also has conducted extensive research in cross-cultural studies of health care systems and the financing of community health care.

Over three decades, her research has yielded influential reports including “Childhood Cannabis Use in Jamaica,” “Working Men and Ganja” and “An Ethnographic Study of Drug Consumption and Distribution in Jamaica.” She co-edited “Women and Cannabis: Medicine Science and Sociology” and wrote “Healthy Places, Healthy People: A Handbook for Culturally Competent Community Nursing Practice.”

After graduating magna cum laude from LIU Brooklyn’s School of Nursing in 1967, Dr. Dreher studied at Columbia University, earning an M.A. in anthropology in 1974, an M.Phil. in 1976 and a Ph.D. in anthropology, with distinction, in 1977. She began her career as a faculty member at Columbia's School of Public Health and School of Nursing.

Before assuming her current position at Rush University, she served as dean at the University of Iowa College of Nursing, where she established a master’s degree in nursing and health care practice. The degree program became the national model for professional nursing education. Dr. Dreher also developed an institutional pre-doctoral fellowship program in transcultural nursing. In 1988, Dr. Dreher was elected to the American Academy of Nursing. She also is a fellow of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago Dr. Dreher has two sons, a stepdaughter and 11 grandchildren. She resides in Chicago, Ill.

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Year
Wang Ping '87 (M.A.) 2011
Harvey Tanenbaum '65 2011
Judith Korek Amorosa, M.D. '65    2010
Mark Paul Steingard '61 2010
Daniel Stateman 2010
Lorna E. Davis-Robinson '94 (M.S.) 2009
Daniel Fisher '67 2009
Mohammed Saleh 2008
James A. Detura 2008
Jack C. Stokes '73 2008
Guy Marge '65, '67 (M.B.A.) 2008
Mera Rubell '68 (M.S.Ed.) 2008
Michael Bivona '60 2007
Richard Izquierdo, M.D. '51 2007 
John V. Cocchiara 2007
Ronald Del Gaudio 2007
Lee Joffee 2007
Michael Philip Devine '68 2006
Raymond K. Tung '70 2006
Hal Edward Broxmeyer '69 (M.S., Ph.D.) 2005
Linda Zango-Haley B '71 2005
Byron E. Lewis '53 2004
Diane Goetz Person '61 (B.A., Ph.D.) 2004
Ellyn E. Altman '63, '68, '72, '73 (B.A., M.S. , M.A., Ph.D.) 2003
Albert Vann '74 (M.S.) 2003
Jorge B. Cruz '94 2002
Betty Jean Smith '86 2002