Emeritae, Retired & In Memorium

Professors Emeritae:

Dr. Lorna de Witt, RN, PhD, ladewitt@uwindsor.ca
Research focus: Relational care of persons with dementia and their families, LTC home compliance with LTC legislation, medication safety in LTC homes, diversity and aging

Dr. Mary Louise Drake, mld@uwindsor.ca - Associate Professor Emeritae
Chairperson, Building Blocks for Better Babies

Dr. Michelle Freeman, RN, BScN, BA, MScN, PhD, CPPS - Associate Professor mfreeman@uwindsor.ca 
Research Focus: Health Services (health human resources, nurse migration, leadership, followership), Health Outcomes (science of patient safety, quality improvement)

Dr. Dale Rajacich, RN, BScN, MScN, PhD, rajacic@uwindsor.ca
Research focus: breast cancer and international collaboration

Dr. Karen Williamson, RN, BScN, MScN, PhD, karenw@uwindsor.ca
Research Focus: Cardiovascular nursing and intervention research

Prof. Lucia Yiu (Matuk), BSc, BScN, BA, MScN, lyiu@uwindsor.ca
Research Focus: Health promotion, breast health, multiculturalism

Professors Retired:

Dr. Laurie Carty, RN, BScN, BA, MEd, PhD, carty@uwindsor.ca 
Research focus: Mental health - individual and group counselling

Prof. Mary Cole, RN, DPHN, BA, BScN, MSc, Sessional Lecturer cole9@uwindsor.ca

Dr. Deborah Dayus, RN, BScN, BA, MSc, PhD- Academic Ancillary Staff III - Clinical Practice Learning Specialist: Years 1 & 3 Clinical dayus@uwindsor.ca
Research Focus: Women's health, maternal/child health (infertility; emotional health), community health, incivility in Nursing Education

Dr. Kathryn Edmunds, RN, PhD- Assistant Professor kedmunds@uwindsor.ca
Research Focus: Migration and health of temporary foreign workers, culture, diversity and cultural safety, community health

Dr. Cheri Hernandez, RN, BScN, BA, MEd, PhD (Education), PhD (Nursing), cherih@uwindsor.ca
Research focus: Theory of integration & interventions in diabetes, grounded theory research, and instrument/scale development

Dr. Heather Krohn, RN, BScN, MEd, PhD, Assistant Professor hkrohn@uwindsor.ca
Research Focus: Community and global health, cross-cultural healthcare

Prof. Patricia McKay, RN, BScN, MSc - pmckay@uwindsor.ca 

Dr. Sharon McMahon, mcmaho3@uwindsor.ca
Research Focus: Values clarification and moral decision-making, animal-assisted therapy and bereavement, and nursing history and the arts

Dr. Janet N. Rosenbaum, Director of the School of Nursing, 1981-1986

Dr. Barbara Thomas, Associate Vice President Academic, University of Windsor, 1991-1996, thomas9@uwindsor.ca

Dr. Christine Thrasher,  RN, BScN, BA, MScN, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate, PhD, Associate Professor,  thrash4@uwindsor.ca
Research Focus: Interprofessional education & practice,knowledge translation, and infection control

In Memoriam

Prof. Anna Gupta (November 5, 2018), Director of the School of Nursing, 1970-1975

Lily Powis, Receptionist (September 1, 2018)

Dr. Sheila Cameron (January 19, 2016), Director of the School of Nursing, 1986-1995 and Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, 1996-2005

Prof. Mathilde McGarvey (July 6, 2013), Retired Professor 

Dr. Anna Temple (August 10, 2012), Retired Professor and Former Director - details and tribute information

Dr. Donna M. Foley, RN, PhD
June 8, 1944 - April 13, 2006

Dr. Donna M. Foley, RN, PhD
On April 13, 2006, the Faculty of Nursing lost a trusted educator, scholar and mentor after a short battle with cancer. To read about Donna, go to the following links below.

Paula Margaret Heydon
April 21, 1952 - June 18, 2005
Lab Manager, Faculty of Nursing

Heydon, Paula Margaret (nee Hrecniuk) R.N.

Paula Margaret HeydonPeacefully at home surrounded by her family and friends on June 18, 2005 at 53 years of age after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Beloved wife and best friend of Rick for 32 years. Loving mother of Trevor and wife Kelly. Dear daughter of the late Sam and Jennie Hrecniuk of Chatham. Daughter-in-law of Les and Sadie Heydon. Cherished sister of Sylvia and the late Gerry Bresnahan of Grosse Ile, MI, William and wife Donna Hrecniuk, David and wife Carole Hrecniuk of Chatham. Sister-in-law of Randy and wife Shelley Heydon, Cindy Anstett and friend Mark, Brian and wife Kim Heydon of Leamington. Many nieces and nephews also survive. Paula will be sadly missed by many friends and co-workers. Paula was a well respected professional in Windsor health care for many years. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of Windsor or the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre would be appreciated by the family. Cremation Services were held. Memorial Visitation Wednesday 9 am until time of Memorial Service at 11 am. at St. Barnabas’ Church (2115 Chilver Rd.). Arrangements entrusted to Families First Funeral Home & Tribute Centre (969-5841) 3260 Dougall Ave. Rev. Lance Smith officiating Special thanks to John and Linda Grubisich, Dave and Joyce Blake, Henry and Helen Moro, Paul Popov and friend Diane, Sandy Dennison, everyone at the Windsor Regional Cancer Clinic, the VON and the Hospice of Windsor for their care and support.

P.Y. Abraham
Professor, Faculty of Nursing

Professor Abraham taught Leadership and Management, as well as community health nursing theory and clinical in year four. He coordinated the community program for many years and was well respected by the community partners. He was also active in promoting multi-culturalism in the Windsor-Essex County. He is fondly remembered as a good listener, humble, generous, and always supportive of new faculty members.

He was survived by his wife and two daughters. 

Dr. Mary Berry (October 25, 2019), Retired Professor

Dr. Devamma Purushotham (October 29, 2019), Professor Emeritus

Dr. Kaye Fawdry ( February 19, 1939- March 13, 2020)

Fawdry, Dr. Mary Kaye EddRN BscN

Dr. Kaye passed away peacefully with her best friend and brother by her side at the age of 81 years. She was the beloved wife, best friend and soulmate of Gerald Richardson for 31 years. Dearest sister-in-law of Marilyn Fawdry (Wayne Wood). Loving sister to Gerry (Shirley Fawdry); in-laws, Bill Richardson and Dorothy Lake. Cherished friend of Kaye Moderwell, retired CEO of VON. Dearest thank you to the staff and volunteers at Hospice of Windsor, their professionalism and dedication are outstanding and made Kaye's final days as comfortable as possible.

Memorial visitation and Mass will be held at a later date . Arrangements entrusted to WINDSOR CHAPEL (Central Chapel) 519.253.7234. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to be made to Hospice of Windsor.

Dr. Sheila Dresen (September 10, 1937- March 12, 2022)

Dr. Dresen commenced her employment on August 1, 2000 with the University of Windsor as an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, a position she held until her retirement July 1, 2003. From August 1, 2000 to June 30, 2001, Dr. Dresen was appointed Director of the School of Nursing, and then from July 1, 2001 to June 30, 2003, Dr. Dresen was appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Nursing.

Dr. Dresen's obituary can be found here: https://www.arbormemorial.ca/chapellawn/obituaries/sheila-dresen/80600