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University of Windsor

Donna Foley, professor of nursing, dies at 61

Dr. Donna Foley is remembered by her colleagues and students as an educator, scholar and mentor. The 61-year-old nursing professor, who taught nursing at the University of Windsor since 1972, died April 13. Dr. Foley was a fierce advocate for students and patients and was renowned for her high ethical standards and deep philosophical discussions, says Elaine Duffy, dean of nursing.~

"She was passionate and committed to nursing, which was demonstrated through her teaching and mentoring and in her debates with colleagues," Dr. Duffy says. "Dr. Foley inspired young faculty, students and friends and was a solid sounding board for their ideas, uncertainties and decision-making. Her wise counsel will be missed by many."

Colleagues say that Foley was especially proud of the achievements of her students and would always go the extra mile to support and encourage them.

Student Siobhan Paquin says she counts herself "blessed" to have been taught by Foley.

"I always looked forward to attending her classes. She absolutely sparkled with life," says Paquin. "She taught us way more than a book ever could. She will remain with me always."

Foley held three degrees from the University of Windsor—BScN, BA, and MA—and represented the Faculty of Nursing in the university Senate. She also served as chair of the board of Assumption University. Click here for funeral details.