Anne M. Rogers, registered nurse

World War II combat nurse had long career with the Veterans Administration Medical System

August 23, 2012|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Anne M. Rogers, a retired registered nurse who had been a combat nurse during World War II and then had a long career with the Veterans Administration medical system, died Saturday of vascular disease at Oak Crest Village.

She was 93.

"She was a lovely, lovely lady who was very kind and giving. She never had an ill word to say about anyone. She was a sweet Christian woman," said Nancy Deviney, whose late husband, Dr. John Deviney, a physician, was a cousin of Miss Rogers.

"She enjoyed her nursing career and never spoke very much about her war years," said Mrs. Deviney, who lives in Pottstown, Pa. "She always had a smile on her face, and my husband thought the world of her."

The daughter of Irish immigrants from County Cork, Anne Marie Rogers was born and raised in Philadelphia. She was a parochial school graduate and earned her nursing degree in 1941 from St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia.

Miss Rogers enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps in 1943 and was initially assigned to the Valley Forge Army Hospital in Pennsylvania before being sent to the South Pacific. There she served during the New Guinea campaign and later at military hospitals in Australia.

"What she saw during the war she pretty much kept to herself. I'm sure she saw plenty of devastation and many horrible and terrible things," said Frank G. Lidinsky, a Towson attorney who is Miss Rogers' legal representative.

"She had a wonderful disposition, compassion and professionalism. She was the ideal person to be a caring nurse," said Mr. Lidinsky.

After being discharged in 1946 with the rank of lieutenant, Miss Rogers attended the University of Pennsylvania on the GI Bill of Rights, earning a bachelor's degree in 1948 in nursing education.

Miss Rogers moved to Baltimore, where she settled on Patterson Park Avenue. She was working as a public health nurse for the Baltimore City Health Department when she was recalled to active Army duty in 1950 during the Korean War.

She served with the 101st Airborne Division at Camp Breckinridge, Ky., before being mustered out in 1952.

"I've known her 65 years," said Mildred "Mil" Foster, who also lives at Oak Crest.

"She had enjoyed being a nurse, was very religious, and had lived a really good life," said Miss Foster, who met Miss Rogers when they were fellow GI Bill students at Penn.

After returning to Baltimore, Miss Rogers lived in Loch Raven Village while working as a nurse for the Veterans Administration, retiring in 1978.

After retiring, she lived in Fort Myers, Fla. She moved to the Parkville retirement community in 1996.

A devout Roman Catholic, Miss Rogers had been an ecumenical minister, and each summer traveled with church groups to Europe and Asia.

Dot Harris, another Oak Crest resident, was a close friend for 16 years.

"She was kind of quiet and part of our group that ate together. She was very easygoing but not a real talkative person," recalled Mrs. Harris. "But she was a very sweet and kind person."

Miss Rogers enjoyed playing golf, listening to music, and attending the theater and concerts.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel at Oak Crest Village, 8800 Walther Blvd., Parkville, with interment in the Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery.

There are no immediate survivors.

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