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Dorothy M. May, R.N., M.S.N., Grad ’58


Dorothy May

Dorothy May has traveled the world — and helped people abroad and at home. She served on active duty in the Navy during World War II and was in the reserves for 30-plus years, working her way to the rank of captain. She became proficient in Spanish while studying and living in Mexico and, after retirement, volunteered in Belize in 1989 and St. Lucia in 1990 and 1991.

Closer to home, she worked for the Shorewood, Wis., health department for 25 years.

After graduating from Marquette in 1958, she became the educational director for student nurses at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where she worked until 1964. Dorothy served on the governor’s committee for children and youth, and the Wisconsin League of Nursing honored her in 1993.

“The Jesuit educational philosophy helped me continue in the field of nursing by serving others,” says Dorothy, who contributed to the Marquette Clinic for Women and Children.

Dorothy continues to stay active in retirement. She served in a leadership role with the Shorewood (Wis.) Historical Society and the Shorewood Women’s Club. She also has taken classes on writing family memoirs and been an active member of her local parish.

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