We are saddened to announce that our beloved Dr. Dolores “Dee” Krieger, PhD, Professor Emerita, New York University Division of Nursing, age 97, crossed over on June 16, 2019 at her home outside Columbia Falls, Montana. As a Professor of Nursing, Krieger developed innovative curricula. Her graduate course, Frontiers in Nursing, became a model for many other ground breaking classes in the field of healing. Her work as a pioneer and innovative thinker in post-modern professional nursing focussed on a holistic perspective, giving health professionals a broader view of the potential for human wellness. In 2010, Dr. Krieger extended the concept of Therapeutic Touch to include the idea of Therapeutic Touch Dialogues which explores in depth the future consciousness of the TT process, research and theory.
Dr. Krieger garnered many awards and honors in her life. Among those are NYU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1982 and the Alice and Elmer Green Award for Excellence from the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine in 1997. She was a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the honor society of nursing. In 1979, she established Nurse Healers Professional Associates (NHPA) which eventually became known as Therapeutic Touch International Association. And in 1981, she received the Renaissance Nurse Award from NHPA for her courage, compassion, and vision.
She traveled internationally as a teacher and speaker and her many books have been translated into at least nine languages. Thousands of people spread around the world have learned to practice and teach Therapeutic Touch in order to bring this compassionate work to those in need. Her work is carried on by a cadre of professionals who will extend Therapeutic Touch into the future both theoretically and in everyday healing interactions. She will be missed by healers all over the world. Her legacy is a living one.