Condolences to the family of Dr. Rosanne Harrigan

By Angela Barron McBride

In memoriam of Dr. Rosanne Harrigan – February 24, 1945 – October 16, 2016

Dr. Rosanne Harrigan most recently served as the Chair of the Department of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University of Hawai’i (UH) School of Medicine. She was the former Dean of the UH School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. 

A graduate of Xavier College, Dr. Harrigan received her Masters in Nursing, credentials as a nurse practitioner, and her Doctor of Education from Indiana University. She was a professor at the In-diana University School of Nursing and adjunct professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine. She then became Niehoff Chair & Professor, Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University of Chicago.
For her professional excellence in pediatric nursing and maternal and child health, she was named Nurse of the Year by the American Nursing Association. In 1983, she was named National Nurse of the Year by the March of Dimes and in 1985 named to the prestigious New York Academy of Sciences.

In 1992, she came to Hawaiʻi from Chicago to be the Dean of the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. She instituted the PhD Program in Nursing. Her outstanding career continued in Hawaiʻi as she was named Distinguished Leader in Neonatal Nursing by the National Association of Neo-natal Nurses Board of Directors in 1996. She had numerous peer reviewed publications and was on the editorial board of the Journal of Perinatal Neonatal, the Journal of Perinatology, Women's Health (Jacob's Institute for Women's Health), and on the advisory board of the
National Advisory Council for Nursing Research, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health.
Information on services is pending. Also planned is an online remembrance page.