The School of Nursing mourns the loss of Colonel Rosemary T. McCarthy U.S. Army (Ret), RN, DNSc. Colonel McCarthy graduated from The Catholic University of American in 1974 with her Doctor of Nursing Science degree. She also graduated from Boston University with a master of science degree in biology (1967), and the University of Minnesota with a bachelor of science in nursing. In 1984 she was appointed as an adjunct ordinary professor to The Catholic University School of Nursing.
Colonel McCarthy began her career in the United States Army in 1953 serving in Korea, San Francisco, Hawaii, Texas and Japan. Her army career included assignments at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Office of the Surgeon General and the Army Medical Department Personnel Support Office. Colonel McCarthy served as the Army Nurse Corps historian from 1978 to 1983.
Colonel McCarthy was a three-time presidential appointee to the Korean War Veterans Memorial Advisory Board and in this regard she served as the Vice-Chair of the Design Committee. (See Colonel McCarthy give the welcome during the Korean War Veterans Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Solders on July 27, 1995.http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Honorin)
In 1990, Colonel McCarthy co-founded and became Recording Secretary of the International History of Nursing Society, later known as the American Association for the History of Nursing. She served as the association's president from 1986 to 1988.
American Association for the History of Nursing (2011). Board Directors and Leadership. http://www.aahn.org/leaders.html
Feller, C., Moore, C. (eds) (1995) Highlights in the History of the Army Nurse Corp, U.S. Army Center of Military History: Washington, D.C.http://www.history.army.mil/books/anc-highlights/append.htm
University of Texas (1987) Appointment of 12 Memebers of the Korean War Vetrans Memorial Advisory Board. http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1987/072087c.htm