BWH, the Department of Nursing and the Levine Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (LCU) mourn the loss of Margaret “Peggy” Dolan, RN, who passed away on Jan. 19 after battling an illness. She was 65.
A nurse for more than 40 years, Ms. Dolan, of Weymouth, was a graduate of St. Clare High School in Roslindale and earned her nursing degree from Newton Junior College. She worked at BWH for more than 28 years, most recently in the LCU.
Known for her generosity, sense of humor and unwavering devotion to BWH, Ms. Dolan was a hard worker who always strived to provide the highest-quality care for her patients and to be a mentor to her colleagues.
“She gave so much of herself to others,” said Jeanne Praetsch, MS, RN, CCRN, nurse educator for Tower 12A and 16CD. “Peggy was a wonderful and compassionate nurse who provided excellent care and advocated for her patients for many years. She also knew how to have fun and laugh, even through some of life’s most difficult trials.”
Jessica Hayes, BSN, RN, CCRN, also of the LCU, looked up to Ms. Dolan and appreciated her friendship.
“She was the epitome of kindness and was always willing to help others,” Hayes said. “Peggy was someone I could always turn to. I’ll miss laughing with her and learning from her.”
Paul Sedgwick, BSN, RN, CCRN, former LCU nurse-in-charge, worked closely with Ms. Dolan. He described her as a tireless worker who cared deeply for her family and colleagues.
“She would help any of her coworkers, regardless of the situation,” he said. “I could call Peggy any time of day and ask if she could come into work. She always said yes and magically appeared 30 minutes later. Her passing is a big loss to the BWH community. One of the greatest gifts in life is friendship, and I have received hers.”
Ms. Dolan is survived by her son Michael Dolan and his wife, Kerrie; son Matthew Dolan and his wife, Jennifer; grandchildren Joshua, Nikolas, Patrick and Kaylee; sister, Ellen Hann; brother Robert Stuke and his wife, Suzanne; brother John Rowell and his wife, Lorraine; brother Michael Rowell; and many friends and colleagues.