‘Mother of Thomasian Nursing’ passes away at 90

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Former College of Nursing Dean Sor Paz Marfori died at the age of 90 last Aug. 17, following complications of a stroke.

Marfori, a sister of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, had been hospitalized at San Juan de Dios Hospital in Pasay since April.

She is credited for establishing the master’s program in nursing at the UST Graduate School in 1958. She was dean of the College of Nursing from 1967 to 1976.

Marfori obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing and in education in 1951 and 1954, respectively, in UST.

She raised the quality of nursing education in the country by removing a two-year supplemental program and making it a professional degree.

Rowena Escolar-Chua, assistant dean of the College of Nursing, said Marfori was passionate about the University

“[Marfori is] one of the pillars of [the] College of Nursing. She loves UST and is passionate about [it],” Escolar-Chua told the Varsitarian in an interview.

Her colleagues will always remember her by her line, “give me UST or give me death,” Escolar-Chua said.

In 2009, Marfori received the Outstanding Thomasian Alumni award. She was named Outstanding Nursing Professional of the Year by the Professional Regulation Commission in 2010.

She was a lifetime member of the Philippine Nurses’ Association, the Catholic Nurses’ Guild, the International Council of Catholic Nurses, and the Association of Deans and Principals of Philippine Colleges and Schools of Nursing, Inc.

Her remains lie at the Daughters of Charity Provincial House in Parañaque City and will be interred at Assumpta Park on Aug. 19.

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