Alumni Profile: Wendy Doubek Umberger ’73


Wendy Doubek Umberger ’73

Wendy Doubek Umberger ’73, Ph.D.


Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.), Case Western Reserve University, 2002
Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.), Kent State University, 1986
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.), Kent State University, 1982
Diploma in Nursing, St. Alexis School of Nursing, 1976

Current Profession:

Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the College of Nursing at Kent State University

What activities were you involved with as a student at Holy Name?

I was class vice president, active in the pep club, and played intramural basketball.

Who was your favorite teacher and/or what was your favorite subject?

Mr. Maras was my favorite. I still remember the books we read in his English class, and the life lessons I learned from those books and his outstanding teaching.

What is your fondest memory of Holy Name?

I remember the tremendous school spirit and sense of belonging at Holy Name. The pep rallies were so much fun. I remember the football game against Saint Ignatius during the fall of 1969. The student group stood throughout the whole game and chanted cheers. When Holy Name won (7-0), everybody flooded the field and celebrated. I also really loved all of the spring plays at Holy Name – “Brigadoon,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Bye Bye Birdie.” What great memories!

How did Holy Name prepare you for your life as an adult?

I received the very best education possible at Holy Name – an education that laid the basis for my subsequent success in college and work. I decided to become a nurse while at Holy Name because I wanted to serve others. Holy Name instilled in me values related to caring for and serving others. I have been a nurse for 45 years and have loved every moment of it.

Wendy Doubek Umberger ’73

What does Holy Name mean to you?

Holy Name is my “rock,” my “foundation.” My experiences at Holy Name helped to mold me into a person who has been able to take on both challenges and successes in life with grace and humility.