Company: United States Army
Location: New York, New York, United States
Mariana D. Fodor, RN, PhD, LTC, Nurse at United States Army, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education and nursing.
In a more than 50-year career, Dr. Fodor has prospered as a secondary school teacher for nearly three decades and as a nurse in the United States Army for 20 years between 1966 and 1986, joining the Army for a tour in the Pacific Ocean during the Vietnam War and flourishing for several years of active service in the 1980s during the Cold War.
As an educator, Dr. Fodor specialized in department coordination of health careers for different vocational courses in the medical field such as practical nursing, medical assisting, nurse assisting, and teaching French and Earth sciences with Lehman High School and New Rochelle High School. She was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the Army Nursing Corps in 1967 and served Department of Defense schools as a teacher and nurse from 1969 to 1972, a public affairs officer with the 8th Medical Brigade from 1977 to 1980, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1983. For her military achievements, Dr. Fodor has been honored by the Army with an Achievement Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and an Expert Field Medical Badge. In 1984, she served as the first woman military marshal in the Veterans Memorial Day Parade in New York.
Moreover, as an educator, Dr, Fodor has garnered a Distinguished Service Award from New York State, Teacher of the Year Award, Outstanding Secondary Educators of America, Secondary School Educator of the Year and Decorated Community Service Award from Staten Island Hospital.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in romance languages and biology from Hunter College in 1972, Dr. Fodor followed with a Master of Education from New York University in 1975. She later earned a Doctor of Philosophy in health sciences from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. As an artist, Dr. Fodor has been featured in shows in both New York and Israel, and as a writer, she has contributed numerous pieces to professional journals and composed the Sex Education Curriculum for K-12 for the Pacific Command, Department of Defense.
Dr. Fodor attributes her success to her curiosity which provoked her to be involved in different fields that she has yet to explore. She avers that her most notable achievement was being able to manage a retail local gourmet food store for five years during which she was fascinated by the experience, as she was able to explore her managerial skills in other areas apart from the field of nursing and the military. In the coming years, Dr. Fodor also hopes to travel to different places that she has yet to see such as the Far East and Cambodia.
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