Margaret Gould Tyson, former vice president and dean of the School of Nursing at the State University of New York, Binghamton and a national leader in nursing education, died in her sleep Friday at the Fairhaven retirement community in Sykesville. She was 87.
Dr. Tyson, who was a direct descendant of John Beale Davidge, founder of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1807, was born in Baltimore and raised on Falls Road in Bare Hills.
After graduating from Garrison Forest School in 1939, she studied nursing at the old Woman's Hospital of Maryland.
She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing in 1953 and her master's degree in 1956 from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She earned a doctorate from the Teachers College at Columbia University in the early 1960s.
She was working for the Maryland State Planning Commission, where she completed a study of employment of registered nurses before joining the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1955.
Dr. Tyson was appointed acting dean of the school of nursing in 1956 when it was separated from the school of medicine, and she became the first full-time dean of Virginia's School of Nursing in 1958.
Dr. Tyson, who helped guide diploma nursing schools to university settings, later served as a faculty member of Columbia University's nursing education department.
She was dean and professor of nursing at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing at Hunter College and ended her career in 1982 as dean and professor of nursing at SUNY Binghamton.
In 2006, she received the Driscoll Award from the New York State Nurses Association for her contributions to nursing research and education.
Last year, Dr. Tyson endowed the Margaret G. Tyson Dean's Fund for Excellence Award at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in support of professional development.
"Dr. Tyson understood that learning is a dynamic process that does not end when one enters a career," said Janet D. Allan, dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing.
"But she translated this understanding into action by using her generosity to motivate staff to explore continued learning opportunities," Dr. Allan added.
Dr. Tyson, who spent winters in Annapolis and summers at a home in Canaan, N.Y., moved to Fairhaven several years ago.
She was a longtime communicant of St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. May 8 in the chapel at Fairhaven, 7200 Third Ave.
Surviving are a brother, James Wood Tyson IV of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; a sister, Elizabeth Tyson Sosnowski of Charleston, S.C.; and many nieces and nephews.