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Jack Pennington, teacher and mentor, retires
Dr. Pennington (center) with faculty, staff and students during his retirement party.

Jack Pennington, teacher and mentor, retires

Posted on 17 Oct 2017 by Goldfarb Team

Beginning his professional career as a medical technologist, Jack Pennington, PhD, never imagining that he would one day teach nursing students. But serendipity, as Pennington sees it, changed his path.

In 1973, almost on a whim, he applied for and accepted a position as an adjunct faculty member at St. Louis Community College. Once in the classroom, Pennington developed a love for teaching and allowed it to guide the remainder of his career.

While teaching at the community college, Pennington encountered students from Barnes Hospital School of Nursing and from Jewish Hospital School of Nursing (legacy schools of Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College) in his classroom. As it turns out, Pennington had a significant effect on Goldfarb’s students long before he joined the faculty here and became an important member of the nursing-education community in St. Louis.

Known to many of his students and colleagues as Dr. P, Pennington is also known as a man with a dry sense of humor, a kind heart, a willing to listen and a commitment to acting as a champion for his students.  His dedication to Goldfarb’s students, faculty and staff was recognized during Goldfarb’s August 2017 graduation ceremony, when the Barnes-Jewish College Alumni Association presented Pennington with an Honorary Alumni Award—the fourth such honor given since the College founded the award in 2014.

Pennington’s 44 years of service as a teacher were also recognized at a party given in his honor to mark his retirement from Goldfarb. The sole non-nurse faculty member at Goldfarb, Pennington received from his fellow faculty the College’s nursing pin, the same symbol given to student nurses to mark their graduation.

Pennington says he will miss the students and faculty at Goldfarb. And we at Goldfarb will miss the contributions he has made to educating nurses. Pennington also says he will continue to let serendipity help guide his life—just as he always has.

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2 comments on article "Jack Pennington, teacher and mentor, retires"

dr. p

10/17/2017 1:40 PM

To all of you who have liked, sent positive comments and well wishes....thank you, thank you....very very much appreciated. I sincerely hope our paths cross again so until next time cheers!

dr. p


Rick Wiese

11/4/2017 2:29 AM

Dr P.

I had the pleasure of your instruction at SLCC at Forest Park and have fond memories (and not so fond ones as well) of your class. You were one of the first instructors I encountered when I returned to school at the age of 49. It was pleasure to encounter such a scholar with that incredible dry sense of humor you possessed. And to this day, I will always remember the meaning of surface tension and how it relates to soap. Thank you for that and so much more.

Rick Wiese, RN/BSN

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