Mary Ripley Haggis, RN

Title: Retired Nurse
Company: Family Practice Office of Dr. Paul W. McFadden
Location: Dover, Ohio, United States

Mary Ripley Haggis, RN, Retired Nurse at Family Practice Office of Dr. Paul W. McFadden, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nursing.

Devoted to the nursing profession for more than 40 years, Ms. Haggis became a registered nurse by the state of Ohio upon graduating from the Salem City Hospital School of Nursing in 1955. That same year, she commenced her career at Mercy Hospital in Springfield as a surgical nurse of the operating room, which she excelled until 1957. Ms. Haggis went on to work in general duty at Good Samaritan Hospital in Zanesville for one year before serving Ohio Valley Hospital in Steubenville in general duty and the intensive care unit from 1968 to 1972. Most recently, she served the Family Practice Office of Dr. Paul W. McFadden in Dover as a nurse for 20 years before reaching her retirement in 1999.

Looking back on her career, Ms. Haggis has most enjoyed being helpful to those in need. On occasion, people in the local area will stop her on the street and remind her that she was the nurse who vaccinated their children or grandchildren years ago. Ms. Haggis knew she had a wonderful career ahead of her upon receiving a Surgical Nurse Award from the Salem City Hospital School of Nursing in 1955 at the time of her graduation. Setting a high bar early on, she has had numerous mentors drive her throughout her career, as well as patients who made her excited to show up for work each day. Ms. Haggis’ advice to aspiring nurses is to learn as much as possible and be kind and helpful to everyone you come across. She also notes it is important to know how to guide patients in terms of health insurance, Social Security, and Medicaid, as everyone’s financial stance differs. 

A proud member and leader of her local community, Ms. Haggis has held various civic roles between 1961 and 1998. Notably, she was a deacon and teacher at Grace Luther Church between 1984 and 1998, who presented her with the Founder’s Day Award in 1997. As a volunteer of a food pantry, she has also served as a board member for the Young Women’s Christian Association and for Personal and Family Counseling. Ms. Haggis was a proud leader of the Steubenville Brownies in 1968, the Junior Girl Scouts in 1969 and the Cub Scouts in 1970 and 1971. Adding to her roles, she was president of the Arts Council of Tuscarawas from 1979 to 1984, secretary of the Dover Band Boosters from 1976 to 1978 and statistics secretary of the Central Conference for Ohio Lutheran Church Women in 1961.

Outside of her professional career, Ms. Haggis has dedicated much of her time to studying genealogy. In this respect, she holds membership with the South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, Trumbull County Genealogical Society, Mahoning County Genealogical Society and Ohio Genealogical Society, as well as the Genealogy of Ripley-Hoyle with Extended Lines. Likewise, she also maintains affiliation with Daughters of the American Revolution, Society of Mayflower Descendants of Ohio, Settlers and Builders of Ohio, Ohio Eastern Star, Pioneer Families of Trumbull County and Mahoning County, Society of Civil War Families, First Families of Ohio and Order of St. Luke the Physician. To attest to her legacy, Ms. Haggis can also be found in various editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.

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