Established in 1984 by the Johns Hopkins Nurses' Alumni Association in memory of M. Adelaide Nutting

One of the pioneers in nursing education at Johns Hopkins and in the nation, M. ADELAIDE NUTTING was a member of the Class of 1891 and served as superintendent of nurses and principal of the school for nurses from 1895 to 1907. In 1914, mindful of the connection between financial independence and educational freedom, Ms. Nutting asked the nursing alumnae to establish an endowment fund. Nursing graduates rose to the challenge and set an ambitious goal. Throughout the next 70 years, despite two major wars and a worldwide economic depression, nursing alumnae and, later, alumni contributed to the cause. Ms. Nutting died in 1948. Decades later, at the 1984 dedication of the School of Nursing as an independent academic division at Johns Hopkins, the Nurses' Alumni Association proudly announced the endowment of the M. Adelaide Nutting Chair.


JERILYN K. ALLEN, SPH 1988 (ScD), the M. Adelaide Nutting Professor, is associate dean for research and director of a training program in interdisciplinary health disparities research. Dr. Allen’s research has contributed to the understanding of cardiovascular risk factors, prevention, and lifestyle modification in persons with or at high risk for the development of cardiovascular disease. The interdisciplinary nature and findings of the research have made important contributions to the practice of nurses, physicians, and other health care providers who are involved in the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. She has developed and tested innovative models to advance nursing care such as a program of home-based risk factor modification, a nurse case management system for the treatment of hyperlipidemia, and improving adherence to national guidelines in federally qualified community clinics to reduce total cardiovascular risk in urban underserved communities. The author of many publications in refereed, peer-reviewed nursing and medical journals, Dr. Allen serves as a mentor to faculty and students in research not only within the School of Nursing, but also in Hopkins' School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health where she holds joint appointments.