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Legends Abound: For Third Straight Year, March of Dimes Nursing Honoree Has SLU Ties

ST. LOUIS -- The woman who literally wrote the book on nursing and a former Saint Louis University School of Nursing faculty member was honored at the 2016 March of Dimes Missouri Chapter Nurse of the Year Awards gala on Nov. 19.

Anne G. Perry, Ed.D., FAAN, received the Legend of Nursing award. 

Anne Perry

Anne Perry, Ed.D., FAAN, a former School of Nursing faculty member, received the 2016 March of Dimes Legend of Nursing award from Ruth Murray, Ed.D., last year's honoree. This is the third year in a row a former SLU educator has been honored with this award. Photo courtesy of March of Dimes

This is the third year a former SLU nursing faculty member has been honored for their lifetime of work. Ruth Murray, Ed.D., a career psychiatric nurse, was the recipient of the 2015 Legend in Nursing award. In 2014, the winner was Sr. Jeanne Meuer, a former nursing faculty member whose specialty is obstetrical nursing and midwifery.

Ruth Murray presented Perry with her award. 

"Anne has been a wonderful colleague and friend of the School of Nursing," said Teri Murray, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing. "We are very proud of her associations with Saint Louis University School of Nursing as alumnae and former faculty member. Her textbook, which is in its 9th edition, is certainly a testament to her strong and sustained contributions to the nursing profession. "

Perry and her publishing colleague, Patricia Potter, Ph.D., director of research at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, are the authors of the popular nursing textbook, Fundamentals of Nursing, which has been translated into several languages. It is the most used textbook in nursing education. 

Anne Perry

Anne Perry, Ed.D. FAAN, received her masters in nursing from SLU and was a member of the School of Nursing faculty for several years. Photo courtesy of March of Dimes 

Perry earned her bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Michigan, her master’s in nursing from Saint Louis University, and a doctorate in education from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She joined the faculty of SIUE in 2004, after leaving Saint Louis University.

She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

March of Dimes

This is the fifth year the March of Dimes Missouri Chapter has held an awards dinner to recognize nurses from Missouri and southern Illinois who exemplify an extraordinary level of patient care, compassion and service. Whether serving as a health care provider, educator, researcher, volunteer and/or advisor, nurses play a critical role in advancing the mission of the March of Dimes, which is to improve the health of all babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. 

School of Nursing

Founded in 1928, Saint Louis University School of Nursing has achieved a national reputation for its innovative and pioneering programs. Offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral nursing programs, its faculty members are nationally recognized for their teaching, research and clinical expertise.