Joyce T. O'Shea, 74, hospital vice president

April 18, 2005

Joyce T. O'Shea, a vice president at the former Church Hospital, died Tuesday of a bacterial infection at Keswick Multi-Care Center. She was 74.

Born Joyce Tucker in Concord, N.C., she graduated from Queens College in Charlotte, N.C., in 1953. After receiving a bachelor's degree in nursing from the Johns Hopkins University in 1958, she and a friend decided they wanted to live in Florida and began driving south.

"They only made it as far as Duke before their money ran out," said her husband, James F. O'Shea.

Mrs. O'Shea worked at Duke University Hospital in North Carolina for four years before enrolling at Catholic University of America in Washington, where she was awarded her master's in nursing in 1965. After her graduation, she became assistant nursing director at Church Hospital in East Baltimore. She was promoted to director of nursing in 1974 and became vice president of the hospital in 1978. She retired 15 years later.

She also was an adjunct professor at Hopkins, where she taught nursing, and was a member of the university's nursing school steering committee.

Mrs. O'Shea met her husband at a cocktail party in the late 1960s, but they did not marry until 1977. "It was a long process. By the end, I was worried someone else might propose," her husband said.

The couple lived in Towson. They always took their Cape Cod vacations in the spring and fall so other nurses could spend their summer vacations with their children, Mr. O'Shea said.

"She always displayed care, concern and compassion," said Ann Failing, a former Church Hospital president.

Funeral services were held Friday in Concord, N.C.

Mrs. O'Shea is survived by her husband.

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