Aileen E. Foley, hospital administrator, dies

She had enlisted in the Navy's Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service during World War II

February 10, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Aileen Elizabeth Foley, a retired hospital administrator and World War II veteran, died Feb. 1 of heart failure at St. Catherine's Nursing Center in Emmitsburg.

She was 93.

Miss Foley, the daughter of a grocer and a community activist, was born and raised in Minneapolis. She attended St. Lawrence Catholic School and graduated in 1935 from John Marshal High School in Minneapolis.

She attended the University of Minnesota and in the late 1930s worked for BlueCross BlueShield of North Dakota.

Miss Foley enlisted in the Navy's Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service in 1943. She was stationed at a naval gunnery school in Florida and was later sent to Hawaii, where she taught anti-aircraft gunnery during the war.

After being discharged from the Navy in 1945, Miss Foley returned to the University of Minnesota, where she earned a bachelor's degree in 1947 in business administration and later a master's degree in hospital administration.

After completing an internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, she joined the administrative staff in 1948.

"She was the first woman to serve in an administrative position at Johns Hopkins Hospital," said a niece, Rosemary Foley of Minneapolis.

In 1967, she became administrator at Good Samaritan Hospital, a position she held until retiring in 1973.

The longtime Carroll Valley, Pa., resident, who had lived at the nursing center since 2008, volunteered at the Emmitsburg Food Bank and from 1988 to 2000 was a member of the Carroll Valley Borough Planning Commission.

She was an avid reader and golfer, and enjoyed landscaping projects at her Carroll Valley home.

Miss Foley was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 7 DePaul St., Emmitsburg, where a memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. April 2.

Also surviving are a nephew and another niece.

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