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Dr. Schaal graduated from Jefferson’s Nursing Diploma Program in 1963 and received her BSN from Jefferson in 1981. Though she started her career as an operating room nurse she soon discovered an interest in public health. After coming back to Jefferson for her Bachelor’s degree and then going on to the University of Pennsylvania for her Master’s degree and Rutgers for her Doctorate, she began teaching Community Health to nursing students at Rutgers in Camden. Dr. Schaal then went on to teach in MCP Hahnemann’s graduate program, which is now Drexel, before coming back to Thomas Jefferson University and ending her career there as the Dean of the Nursing School. In addition to many other accomplishments as Dean she oversaw the expansion of enrollment, the inception of the first online courses offered at TJU, and the transition of Nursing as a department within the University to its own independent School of Nursing.

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Oral history was edited by Kelsey Duinkerken, February 2016


Interview was conducted by Kelsey Duinkerken with Mary Schaal on January 13, 2016

Mary Greenwood Schaal