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In Remembrance

The Foundation of New York State Nurses has grown from an idea generated by New York’s nursing leaders in 1975 to a vibrant, multifaceted organization dedicated to advancing the nursing profession. The growth of the organization would not have been possible without the commitment, support, and belief in the goals of the Foundation by these influential nurse leaders. We will be ever grateful for their efforts.


 Sylvia M. Barker, MA, RN  Mary Elizabeth Carnegie, PhD, RN
 Susan J. Fraley, MS, RN  Janet P. Mance, DLH (Hon)., MN, RN
 Erline P. McGriff, EdD, RN, FAAN  Kathleen Hoover Papes, PhD, RN
 Laura L. Simms, EdD, RN  Margaret G. Tyson, EdD, RN
 Mary Catherine Finnegan, RN



Mary Catherine Finnegan, RN

Mary Catherine Finnegan passed away Saturday, February 5, 2017, at Hudson Valley Hospital in Peekskill. She was 71 years old. Mary was born March 13, 1945, to Laurence and Catherine Finnegan in Bronx, New York. She was educated at Saint Rose Academy of Sacred Heart of Mary of Park Terrace. She graduated from Bellevue nursing school in 1965. Mary received her Bachelor’s degree at Marymount, Manhattan and her Masters at Columbia University. She worked in Bellevue as a head nurse in the surgical ward for 6 years. Following that she worked at Jewish Memorial Hospital. She became a legal nurse-consultant in mid 80’s and worked with many top law firms in New York City until 2014. She continued to enjoy her life to the fullest, as best as she could as her illness allowed her.

In Mary’s memory, donations to the American Cancer Society are appreciated.