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Norma Kolthoff ’43

Zoology major

After graduating with a zoology degree, Norma Kolthoff, Ph.D., went on to make history as the first nurse ever to receive a Ph.D. from Boston University. Her talent for nursing education served her well as an assistant professor at Western Reserve University’s School of Nursing and later as associate professor of physiology in Western Reserve's School of Medicine. She enjoyed a lengthy career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she became known as one of the nation’s leading educators of nurses, earning recognition as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Kolthoff received North Central College's Outstanding Alumni Award in 1984.