As the recently appointed Assistant Curator at the Museum of Health Care, I am constantly finding out new and fascinating things about the objects in our collections and the broader history of health care that underpins them. I also have the privilege of learning about the men and women who forged careers in medical science and who practice(d) medicine or nursing. Just last week one such story was brought to my attention by Donna Mossman (KGH School of Nursing ’68). She inquired whether the Museum of Health Care was commemorating the death of her classmate, Nancy Malloy, in any way. After finding out about her work and untimely death, I would like to honour Nancy’s memory by telling her story.
A native of Brockville, Ontario, Nancy completed her studies at the KGH School of Nursing in 1968 and her Bachelors degree in Nursing Science at Queen’s University in 1969. She worked for several years as a teacher in Montreal before moving to Vancouver in 1979. There Nancy joined the BC branch of the Red Cross, working as a nurse and hospital administrator at remote hospitals. During this time she also completed her MBA. (more…)