Author: Observer Staff

Dr. Rachel Poole, one of the first Black students in Pitt’s nursing program, dies at age 92

DR. RACHEL POOLE

Was one of the first Black students admitted to Pitt’s nursing program in 1943

Dr. Rachel Poole was a woman that wore many hats in her personal and professional life. She was a nurse, a mother, an educator, and over the years became a woman of accomplishment. But perhaps her most notable accomplishment was becoming one of the first three Black students admitted into the University of Pittsburgh’s nursing program in 1943. Dr. Poole, along with the other two Black students, graduated in 1947.