Sister Mary Urban, 89, nursing supervisor

April 09, 2003

Sister Mary Urban Halvan, a retired nursing supervisor, died of undetermined causes April 2 at Villa St. Michael, her Roman Catholic order's retirement home in Emmitsburg. She was 89.

Born Anne Halvan in Beaver Falls, Pa., she was raised in Detroit where she graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in 1931. She entered the Daughters of Charity in 1932 and took the religious name of Sister Mary Urban.

She earned a bachelor's degree in 1947 from St. Joseph College in Emmitsburg, and held teaching assignments in the late 1930s and early 1940s in Virginia and New York and at St. Martin's parochial school in Baltimore.

She began her nursing studies in 1948 at Providence Hospital in Washington and earned her bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's in nursing education from The Catholic University of America.

Sister Urban was director of nursing at hospitals in Dorchester, Mass., and Saginaw, Mich., before becoming a pediatric and obstetrics instructor at St. Agnes Hospital -- now St. Agnes HealthCare -- in Southwest Baltimore.

She became a nurse supervisor at Villa St. Michael in Baltimore in 1965, remained there after its relocation to Emmitsburg in 1972 and retired in 1992. A Mass of Christian burial was offered there Saturday.

She is survived by several cousins.

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