School of Nursing History
These pages outline the overall heritage of Saint Louis University School of Nursing. In looking back at this account of the founding and development of the school over the past seventy-eight years, each dean stands out for the unique attributes brought to time related needs of the School, both professional and societal. All have contributed to the high position the school now occupies in the field of nursing education. It is the mix of their talents and contributions that continue to strengthen the school over time. No dean acts alone however, but it will be the task of others to elaborate on the contributions of the many worthy individuals who assisted the deans so competently in realizing their plans for the school.
An early photo of Sister Mary Hubert Rinkemeyer, S.S.M.
There is one exception and that is Sister Mary Hubert Rinkemeyer, S.S.M. a faculty member in the School of Nursing for many years who touched the lives of so very many students and faculty. In 1966 Sister Hubert, who later was known as Sister Agnes, became dean of the school of nursing at Seton Hall University.
Sister Agnes Rinkemeyer, S.S.M.
Upon her retirement, Sister Agnes returned to St. Louis and worked as a volunteer with many immigrant families in need of health services. Her final work was as a missionary in Africa where she and several of her companions were martyred at the hands of a group of rebels. All who know her were deeply saddened and cherish her memory.