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Very Marianist mischief

Very Marianist mischief

Michael Dunekacke January 19, 2021

Before Col. Rosemarie Mahoney ’55 enrolled in UD’s Bachelor of Nursing program, her fellow Hahnemann Hospital School of Nursing students tagged her in their yearbook as “One in a million … specialty — mischief!”

Rosemarie MahoneyAfter a lifetime serving as a nurse and teaching, Mahoney made a bequest of more than $150,000 to UD with no directions on how to use it. That’s one-in-a-million kind of mischief of the most Marianist spirit. Mahoney died in 2016, and the University knew she would have wanted to support the school’s renewed nursing program.

“Nursing is a very different undergraduate program,” said Tonya Breymier, director of the nursing program at UD. “Our students complete clinical work up to three eight-hour days each week, so they have significantly less opportunity to earn their own money.”

Breymier noted that UD’s nursing students won’t be working directly with COVID-19 patients, but their clinical work will free up other people to help on the frontline of the pandemic.

Mahoney, a Bronze Star recipient during the Vietnam War as noted in her obituary, knew the front line well. She cared for injured American and Vietnamese soldiers and 120 children a week when she served in Quang Tri province as chief nurse of the 18th Surgical Hospital. A 1973 New York Times article said the province may be “the most brutally punished area of any in the long history of warfare.”  

It’s good to know that a Flyer was there helping — leading and serving humanity. Her endowed scholarship ensures that future UD nursing graduates will do the same for years to come.

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