The American Nurses Association (ANA) is saddened by the passing of Adele Herwitz, MSN, RN, who served as an ANA association executive from 1952 to 1969. She is remembered as a world-renowned nursing administrator who fought tirelessly for high standards and recognition for nurses. Herwitz, who was 92, died September 4, in Dedham, Mass.
A woman ahead of her times, Herwitz developed a high-powered career championing the causes of nurses around the world and encouraged nurses to embrace their roles as leaders. A native of Swampscott, Mass., Herwitz had served as a head nurse at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, and held nursing positions at Sydenham and Bronx Veterans Hospitals in N.Y. During World War II, she served as captain in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. After the war, she earned her baccalaureate and master’s degrees in nursing from Columbia University.
She began her long career as a nursing association executive with ANA in New York City in 1952. She represented ANA during Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington. In 1969, she left ANA to become executive director of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in Geneva, Switzerland.
In 1977, Herwitz returned to the United States to lead the newly created Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) in Philadelphia, Penn., a non-profit focused on preparing foreign nurses for state licensing tests.
Herwitz received numerous honors over the years, including ANA’s Honorary Recognition award. In addition, to honor her as CGFNS founding executive director, the Adele Herwitz Distinguished Scholars’ program was created. After traveling the world during her career, Herwitz returned to her roots in Massachusetts for her retirement years.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 8, at 10:30 a.m. at Levine Chapel, 470 Harvard St., Brookline, Mass.