North Central College - Naperville, IL

Norma Kolthoff

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Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1984

In 1964, Norma Kolthoff was awarded a Ph.D. degree in physiology from Boston University—the first nurse ever to receive a Ph.D. degree from that institution. A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, she also served as a consultant for the Division of Nursing for the National Institute of Health and the American Nurses Foundation. She authored numerous health publications, was active in environmental issues and received an award from the National Academy of Nursing. She established a scholarship fund at North Central College recognizing undergraduate students for their contribution to the academic, social and cultural environment of the campus. Today, Kolthoff is faculty emeritus of the University of Madison-Wisconsin and resides at Oakwood Village Retirement Community in Madison, Wisconsin.