Dorothy Jean Gogan Gogan
Dorothy Jean Gogan passed away peacefully on Monday, October 21, 2013 at the Beach Grove Home, Charlottetown, PEI. Dorothy was born in River Hebert, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia on April 19, 1926. She was the daughter of James and Mary (McManaman) Gogan.
Dorothy graduated from the Highland View Hospital School of Nursing where she went on to be Night Supervisor. She began her career as a Nursing Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1953, gaining experience and responsibility over the years as a Nurse Practitioner, Health Care Administrator, Director of Nursing Services, Nurse Educator and Personnel Administrator involved in the selection, training and career development of other nursing officers. During her time in the Canadian Armed Forces, she served as Director in several Canadian Military hospitals including Valcartier, QC, Quebec City, Vancouver, BC, Wainwright, AB, Kingston, ON as well as in Lahr and Isserlohn, Germany. After 28 years of service, Dorothy retired with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in 1981.
Dorothy was an Officer of the Order of Military Merit (1978), which recognizes outstanding meritorious service in duties of responsibility displayed by men and women of the Canadian Forces. In 2007, she received a Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation for her commitment to preserving the history of the Nursing Sisters for future generations and for her significant contribution as a Member of both the Canadian Pension Commission and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board.
Dorothy was appointed to the Canadian Pension Commission on March 1, 1985 for a 10-year term and was subsequently appointed Deputy Chair of the Commission in August 1991. She was appointed to the Veterans Review and Appeal Board upon its creation in September 1995 and served as a permanent Member until her retirement in 1996.
Dorothy was also well-known for her contribution to her community, and in 2010 the Veterans Review and Appeal Board established the Dorothy Jean Gogan Award recognizing lifelong dedication to caring, commitment and compassion.
Dorothy was predeceased by her sisters Margaret (Robichaud), Peterborough, ON and Shirley (Hubbard), Amherst, NS. She is survived by brothers Robert, Truro, NS, Richard, Amherst, NS, and sisters Norma (Maxwell), Sackville, NB, Beverly (Atkinson), Paris, ON and Bette (Douglas), Amherst, NS.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Beach Grove Home for their outstanding care and love shown to Dorothy over the past 5 years.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Belvedere Funeral Home in Charlottetown, PEI. The service will be held on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 101 Prince Street, Charlottetown, PEI. A reception for family and friends will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Campbell’s Funeral Home. Immediately following, there will be a graveside service at the Amherst Cemetery.