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Rhetaugh Graves Dumas

(1938 - 2007)

Nurse, National Academy of Medicine Member


Rhetaugh Graves Dumas

Rhetaugh Graves Dumas was vice provost of the University of Michigan and dean of the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She was the first woman, the first nurse, and the first African American to serve as deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health. She was also the first nurse to use the scientific method to study clinical nursing problems. A member of the National Academy of Medicine, a charter member and former president of the American Academy of Nursing, past president of the National League for Nursing, and a fellow of the A. K. Rice Institute, she held a B.S. in nursing, an M.S. in psychiatric nursing, and a Ph.D. in social psychology. President Bill Clinton appointed her to the National Bioethics Advisory Committee, and she was the recipient of the President’s 21st Century Award from the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

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"First Black Deputy at NIMH", Boston Globe, July 28, 2007

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