Ryan retires from teaching

Deborah Ryan

Deborah Ryan

As school begins this fall, one dedicated professor will be missing from the classroom. Deborah Ryan RN PhD retired after more than 29 years of teaching and leadership.

Ryan came to Atlanta when her husband was admitted to the anesthesia physician assistant program at Emory in 1982.  

“I took a staff nurse position at Grady Memorial Hospital and became an instructor in the nursing school. It was a perfect fit,” says Ryan, clinical associate professor in family and community nursing.

She served in various faculty roles, most recently as the BSN program director with responsiblity for implementing the school’s undergraduate curriculum. Ryan’s distinguished teaching has been recognized more the once. She was named the school’s Distinguished Teaching Professor in 2001 and received the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award in 2000.

Ryan credits the faculty and students for keeping her at Emory for so many years.

“Emory is a very special place because of the collegiality of the faculty and the incredible students I had the honor of teaching,” says Ryan. “I learned as much from them as they learned from me.”

She plans to stay involved with the nursing profession and the school as an emeritus faculty member, including working with Atlanta’s Gateway Homeless Services Center. 


Honoring Faculty at Emory

Tribute gifts to the School of Nursing are an extraordinary way to honor faculty members who have impacted your life. With your gift, you are touching the life of the honoree while helping to ensure that new generations of Emory nurses will be there to improve health and healing. You can designate a gift to the Emeritus Faculty Scholarship Fund honoring Ora Strickland and/or Deborah Ryan for their longtime service to the School of Nursing. To learn more, please contact Betsy Oliver, senior associate director of development and alumni relations, at 404-727-5291 or etolive@emory.edu.


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