Dean Mary Tarbox granted emeritus status after 42 years of service

Mary Tarbox

Dr. Mary Tarbox, professor of nursing and dean of the Martin-Herold College of Nursing & Health, was awarded professor emeritus status at the Mount Mercy University 2019 Commencement Ceremony on May 19 after being a leader and member of the nursing faculty for for 42 years.

Tarbox completed her baccalaureate nursing education at Mount Mercy in 1974 and started her nursing teaching career at Mount Mercy in 1977. During her 42 years of nursing education, Tarbox taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. She has seen Mount Mercy nursing programs through numerous changes over her tenure, including the development and initiation of the RN–BSN, MSN, and DNP programs, and was inaugural dean of the Martin-Herold College of Nursing & Health.

Tarbox was recognized as one of the 100 Great Nurses of Iowa in 2008 and was awarded the Iowa Nurses’ Association Region 2 Nurse of the Year award in 2007. She participates in a wide variety of service projects, including volunteering at the Catherine McAuley Center.

Tarbox belongs to the American and Iowa Nurses’ Association, the Association for the History of Nursing, Kappa Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, and is a member of the Board of Directors for Aging Services, Linn County public health and, in the past, the Catherine McAuley Center in Cedar Rapids. She has been a member of the Nursing Interventions Classification research team at the University of Iowa.

Congratulations, Mary!

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