Sally Dugan, age 92, of Corinth Texas, passed away on November 19, 2020.
Sally was born in Watertown, New York on February 15, 1928. She was the oldest child of Herman and Sarah O’Neill, and had three younger sisters: Mary, Charlotte, and Theresa. Sally graduated high school in 1946 from Immaculate Heart Academy in Watertown, NY. She then attended the College of St. Rose School of Nursing in Albany, NY and graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She received a Master of Science – Adult Health Nursing Degree from the Graduate School of Nursing at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1970. In 1981, she completed the Enterostomal Therapy Professional Education Program from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Albany NY 1950 – 1954
Visiting Nurse Association
Clinical Instructor at Albany Practical Nurse School
Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Watertown NY 1955-1956
Medical-Surgical Clinical Instructor
Veterans Administration Hospital, Albany Ny 1956-1958
Medical-surgical patient staff nursing
Mercy Hospital of Nursing, Scranton PA 1960-1964
Surgical Clinical Nursing Instructor
Private Duty Nursing – Watertown NY 1964-1966
Primary nursing care in hospital and in home
Veterans Administration Hospital, Buffalo NY 1966-1972
Inservice Nursing Instructor
Veterans Administration Hospital, Durham NC 1973-1987
Primary nursing – Hematology/Oncology Clinic
Duke University School of Nursing 1977- 1987
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1983- 1987
Adjunct Assistant Professor
United States Peace Corps 1988-1989
Peace Corps Volunteer in Yemen
Set up a medical clinic for local health care
Professional Accomplishments and Achievements
RN, MSN, ET
Nurse Professional Standards Board and Nursing Procedure Committee for Buffalo VA Hospital
Board of Directors of North Carolina Hospice
American Cancer Society in Durham – Chairperson and Executive Board Member
Published article: Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
Personal Accomplishments and Achievements
Volunteer staff at St. Philips Catholic Church in Lewisville, TX
Stephens Ministry volunteer
Sally enjoyed spending time at their family’s weekend cottage on the St. Lawrence River at Fishers Landing, NY with her husband Richard Dugan and daughter Erin Dugan. They enjoyed taking week-long boat trips in their wooden boat up the canals in Canada, boating and fishing around the Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River, and hosting family parties at the river front cottage in Fishers Landing.
After moving to Durham North Carolina, Sally and her daughter Erin enjoyed spending weekends at their cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Boone, NC; and spending occasional weekends at the North Carolina coast. Her hobbies included boating, watercolor painting, travel, and volunteer work.
In 1994, she moved to Flower Mound, Texas to live with her daughter Erin and son-in-law Eric. Her only grandchild, Ethan, was born in December of 1994 and became Sally’s primary passion. Ethan was born with special needs, and Sally devoted the rest of her life to helping raise him.
Sally was preceded in death by her husband Richard Dugan; sister Charlotte Canaan; and brother-in-law John Sgroi. She is survived by her daughter Erin Dugan; son-in-law Eric Smith; grandson Ethan Dugan-Smith; sisters Mary Sgroi and Theresa Sparacino; brothers-in-law Timothy Canaan and Joe Sparacino; godson Father Timothy Canaan; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
May God give you…
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
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