Sister Magdalen Joseph, 91

An administrator at St. Joseph Medical Center, she also taught at local schools

February 14, 2007

Sister Magdalen Joseph Drury, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis and retired hospital administrator, died of a stroke Feb. 7 at Assisi House, her order's retirement home in Aston, Pa. She was 91.

Born Nona Magdalen Drury in Baltimore, she was a graduate of the old St. Anthony of Padua Commercial School. She professed her vows in 1939 after entering the order.

She was an elementary school teacher from 1939 to 1941 at the old St. Paul's Parochial School in East Baltimore, and from 1944 to 1945 at St. Thomas Parochial School.

In 1946, Sister Magdalen Joseph began working in the business office of the former St. Joseph Hospital, then on Caroline Street, as an internal auditor and assistant controller. From 1953 to 1967, she was manager of the business office at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Del.

In 1967, she returned to what had become St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson and remained there until retiring in 2003.

Sister Magdalen Joseph had studied at Villanova University and what is now Towson University before earning a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1970 from Loyola College.

Her funeral Mass was offered Monday at Assisi House.

Surviving are two brothers, Joseph Drury and Francis Drury, and a sister, Marie Gangler, all of Baltimore.

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