S. Cyril Mahrt
“Sister of Charity Embodied Order’s Name.” This headline celebrates the life of a woman known for her unselfish dedication, generous service, and courageous leadership. S. Cyril Mahrt displayed her progressive sprit and open mind in her roles as a nurse, nurse educator, and hospital administrator. She is probably best remembered for organizing and administering the Seton School of Nursing in Colorado from 1933 to 1950. This combination of Sisters of Charity nursing schools in Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Trinidad became a model for other schools of nursing and resulted in her publishing articles in nursing journals and serving on state and national boards. In naming her to the Colorado State Board of Nurse Examiners, the governor remarked that “no one in the state was as well qualified.”
S. Cyril, who had a keen perception of the advancing demands of the nursing profession, pioneered new standards in nursing education. But more importantly, she was a gentle, compassionate and selfless woman who provided a model for her students. Her peaceful spirit and her radiant smile welcomed all, especially the needy whom she sought out in a special way. She believed in “total patient care” and went out of her way to provide special touches.