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Dorothy Otto EdD, RN, ANEF

Dorothy Otto

Oct 06, 2022

A much-loved leader, Dr. Dorothy Otto taught nurses at UTHealth Houston for 43 years.


Pictured (L-R): Susan Irene Ebbs Fitcher, Sheryl Gay Scoville Martinez, and Marvin Hecker

Three Originals

Oct 06, 2022

“It was exciting to be starting nursing school, and the medical center was like a city within itself,” said Susan Ebbs Fitcher, a member of the first class.


Arlowayne Swort PhD, RN

Arlowayne Swort

Oct 06, 2022

During her time as dean, the UTHealth Houston nursing school became a Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society member.


Elizabeth (Betty) C. Jones PhD, MSN, RN

Elizabeth (Betty) C. Jones

Oct 06, 2022

“Betty was an activist for nursing and stood up for the school,” said Marvin Hecker, an original staff member.


Early faculty members included (L-R) Dorothy Otto, Sylvia Leutz, Ana Valdez, Kathy Kurg, Barbara Sims, Angela Leal, Patti O’Kane, and Cheryl Levine.

1970s

Oct 06, 2022

What would become Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston welcomed its first students in 1972.