175 Makers of History: Ada Fort

Ada Fort
Dean, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Ada Fort

During her twenty-five-year tenure as dean of Emory's Woodruff School of Nursing, Ada Fort left indelible marks on the practice of nursing as well as nursing education and administration at the state and national levels.

Earning both her master's and doctoral degrees from Teacher's College of Columbia University, Fort was named dean at Emory in 1950. She oversaw the creation of the Southeast's first master of nursing program at Emory, and the University's first African American students enrolled as MSN candidates under her leadership in 1963.

Fort shepherded the development of the school's first research program, and she established the International Nursing Services Association in 1972, which later became Global Health Action. After retirement, Fort cofounded a wellness center at the Williamsburg Apartments near Emory.