Maureen D. Esteves
Maureen DeMaio Esteves, of Bridgewater, N.J., associate dean, School of Nursing, passed away on February 16, 2016, after more than 36 years in nursing education at Rutgers.
A service was held at Somerset Hills Memorial Park, Basking Ridge, on February 20. Arrangements were made by the Gallaway & Crane Funeral Home.
Since joining Rutgers in September 1980 as a member of the nursing faculty at the then-Rutgers College of Nursing, Esteves held several key posts, including director of the undergraduate program, assistant dean for undergraduate education, and associate dean for undergraduate education. At the time of her passing, she was leading the schoolís initiatives commemorating Rutgersí 250th Anniversary, among other responsibilities.
Esteves helped establish programs, including the School Nurse Certificate program, and two dedicated education units at Saint Peterís University Hospital, New Brunswick. She secured external funding to support nursing education at Rutgers and was a pioneer in developing interprofessional experiences for undergraduate students. She actively supported organizations such as the Rutgers Nursing Student Association and the New Jersey Nursing Students, Inc.
In addition to her leadership at Rutgers School of Nursing, Esteves was involved in state educational initiatives related to nursing education as well as universitywide academic initiatives. She was an active supporter of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jerseyís bone marrow transplant program, which she served as a speaker and volunteer advocate for patients.
Esteves earned her B.S. in nursing from Lehman College, City University of New York, and masterís and doctoral degrees in nursing education from New York University.
She received numerous awards, most recently the New Jersey State Nursing Students, Inc. Deanís Award and the 2014 March of Dimes Nurse Educator of the Year Award. She was recognized for teaching excellence by university and statewide organizations as well as government agencies.
Esteves is remembered by colleagues, students, and alumni as one who was serious about her lifeís work while remaining positive during difficult times. She brought levity to all of her interactions and left a lasting impression on those with whom she had contact. Her work helped shape the identity of the School of Nursing. She leaves a legacy that will be greatly cherished.
She is survived by her husband, Ray; a son, Matthew; her mother, Dorothy; as well as siblings and other relatives.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to:
Dr. Maureen DeMaio Esteves Generic Baccalaureate Memorial Scholarship Fund
Rutgers University Foundation
120 Albany Street Plaza, Suite 101
New Brunswick, N.J. 08901
Donations may also be made online and dedicated to this scholarship fund at http://nursing.rutgers.edu/giving