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Carol Joyce Gray

Carol Joyce Gray

1934- 2023

Gray, the first dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, received a B.S. in nursing from Columbia University in 1962 and her M.S. in nursing from the University of Washington in 1964. In 1968, she completed her master’s in education in nursing and higher education from Columbia University and in 1970 received a doctorate in education, also from Columbia University.

From 1975 to 1977, Gray worked at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing serving first as curriculum coordinator of undergraduate affairs and later as associate dean of academic affairs. From 1978 to 1981, she served as associate dean of academic affairs for the graduate and undergraduate programs at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing.

In 1981, Gray was named director of the Division of Nursing at the Johns Hopkins University. She served as founding dean for the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing from 1983 to 1994. Under her leadership, the School of Nursing joined with Johnson and Johnson Medical, Inc., to create the world’s first nursing postdoctoral program on infection prevention. During her years as dean, the School of Nursing established its first Ph.D. program as well as the nation’s first Peace Corps Fellows/USA Program for nursing.

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