Sheahan, Marion (1892–1994)

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Sheahan, Marion (1892–1994)

American nurse. Name variations: Marion Sheahan Bailey. Born Marion Winifred Sheahan, Sept 5, 1892, in New York, NY; died Mar 17, 1994, in Albany, NY; dau. of Catherine (Nolan) Sheahan and James C. Sheahan; m. Frank W. Bailey, Mar 17, 1935 (died 1947).

Public health administrator, began career as a private duty-nurse in Albany, NY; worked at Lillian Wald's Henry Street Visiting Nurse Service (from 1917) and New York State Department of Health (1920–48); served as assistant director and director of the Division of Public Health Nursing (1932–48); was a visiting nursing professor at University of California, Berkeley; served as director of Division of Nursing Services for National League for Nursing (NLN), then as deputy general director until 1963; was the 1st nurse to be president of American Public Health Association (APHA, 1960). Received Sedgwick Award (1969), APHA's greatest honor.