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Mary Allor
Regents' Proceedings 129

RP, Nov 2002, page 129

Theresa Mary Allor, assistant professor of nursing in the School of Nursing, retired from active faculty status on May 31, 2002.

Professor Allor obtained her B.S.N. degree from Mercy College in Detroit in 1968 and her M.P.H. degree from the University of Michigan in 1975. Between 1968 and 1978, she served in increasingly responsible roles as a public health nurse for the Visiting Nurses Association of Metropolitan Detroit and the Oakland County Health Department. She joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1978 as an assistant professor.

As a public health nurse, Professor Allor originated the concept for Expectant Adoptive Parent Classes. She also developed the instruction course, piloted the program, and taught a series of classes for the program.

One of Professor Allor's major concerns at the University has been developing cultural diversity awareness among students. She has worked hard to integrate issues of diversity into nursing courses and to help students explore their feelings about how these issues influence the health care profession. In response to her students' ideas, Professor Allor established a learning site at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit so that participants in the Community Health Nursing program could experience different cultures of the various guests and gain an understanding of the relationship between culture and health. She also worked with a group of students to produce "Listen to Me," a forty-five minute cultural awareness video created with a grant from the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. This video is used in classes across campus to help enlighten students and bring about open discussion on cultural diversity.

As a teacher in the undergraduate and RN studies programs, Professor Allor worked hard to exemplify the characteristics of a successful caregiver. By fostering collaboration among her classes, clinical groups, and the School of Nursing, Professor Allor helped countless students provide quality care to their patients.

The Regents now salute this faculty member by naming Theresa Mary Allor assistant professor emerita of nursing.