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Marquette University Alumni Association

College of Nursing Award Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sister M. Rosalie KleinSISTER M. ROSALIE KLEIN, OSF,
NURS '52, GRAD '60


The ties Sister M. Rosalie Klein, OSF, has to Marquette began at infancy: She was born in 1923 at Marquette University Hospital.

It seems only fitting, then, that the College of Nursing pay special tribute to Sister Rosalie, dean of the college from 1970–88, during its 75th anniversary.

After receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Marquette, Sister Rosalie was awarded the Governor Traineeship State of Wisconsin Scholarship for doctoral study at Tulane University. After completing that, she returned to be dean at Marquette, where she remained until her retirement.

During that time, Sister Rosalie brought the College of Nursing home to Marquette’s campus from its satellite site on the St. Joseph Hospital campus. She also adopted the guiding principles of prayer, preparation and implementation, devoting her Marquette tenure to guiding students and faculty to provide excellent care for all God’s people.

Sister Rosalie’s influence on Marquette remains today. The establishment of the Wheaton Franciscan St. Joseph/Sister Klein Professorship endowment continues her legacy and supports nursing research and quality academic programs for the profession’s future.

She continues her work as a volunteer advocate for patients and staff at Elm Brook (Wis.) Memorial Hospital and is on the advisory board for the Clinical Pastoral Care Program at St. Camillus in Milwaukee.

Fun fact: Sister Rosalie’s favorite quote: “Each day is a gift from God.”