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July 20, 1941 – Nov. 26, 2012

Theresa M. Ranne of West Seneca, dean of nursing at Erie Community College for 23 years, died Monday in Father Baker Manor, Orchard Park. She was 71.

Born in Buffalo, Ms. Ranne was a graduate of Mount Mercy Academy and became a registered nurse after earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing from D’Youville College in 1963.

She went on to receive four master’s degrees in nursing and education from the University at Buffalo. She completed her doctorate in education at UB in 1996, a year after she was certified as a specialist in educational administration.

From 1984 until she retired in 2007, she was a professor of nursing at Erie Community College’s City and North campuses and headed the college’s nursing department.

During her tenure at ECC, she established programs that helped licensed practical nurses become registered nurses, set up links to upper-division nursing programs at other colleges and started the first evening sessions in nursing at ECC. She also attracted more than $1.8 million in grants for ECC nursing programs.

She began her career working for two years as a registered nurse at Emergency Hospital of Buffalo. In 1966, she became a school nurse teacher and nurse practitioner in the West Seneca Central Schools.

Ms. Ranne was appointed pediatric nurse practitioner at the UB School of Nursing in 1977 and was coordinator of the school nurse practitioner program.

In 1982, she became an assistant professor in the D’Youville nursing program.

She received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award in 2006 and was honored by Erie Community College in 1987 for her work as an administrator, in 1995 for obtaining a $1.3 million grant from the state Department of Health for an ECC nursing program at Erie County Medical Center, and in 1998 for student achievement.

Surviving are a son, John Myers; a daughter, Jeanne Myers; a brother, John; and two sisters, Grace Nelson and Joanna Mead.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.