Kathleen Dodds, 94, a Pa. nursing-home inspector

Kathleen L. Dodds
Kathleen L. Dodds
Posted: June 28, 2012

Kathleen Leary Dodds, 94, of West Chester, a nurse who was a state inspector of nursing homes in the Philadelphia region in the 1970s, died of renal failure on Sunday, June 24, at her home.

Born in Bethlehem, Pa., Mrs. Dodds graduated in 1936 from Bethlehem Catholic High School and in 1940 from the nursing school of Misericordia Hospital.

She began her career as a nurse at what is now Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby from 1940 to 1942, daughter Joanne Dodds-Mueller said in an interview.

After marrying and raising a family, she worked as a nurse at Bryn Mawr Hospital from 1959 to 1962 before becoming director of nursing at Dunwoody Village, the retirement community in Newtown Square, from 1962 to 1967.

Mrs. Dodds was also director of nursing at what is now Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Malvern from 1967 to 1972.

Her work as a state inspector of nursing homes from 1972 to 1979 roughly paralleled her work, from 1972 to 1981, as a senior nursing home inspector for what is now Professional Nursing Services Inc. in Phoenixville.

She then was an independent nursing home consultant until she retired in 1983.

Mrs. Dodds was secretary for the Chester County EMS Council Inc., which deals with emergency medical services.

She was a member of the American Nurses Association and the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association.

Besides her daughter, Mrs. Dodds is survived by son Joseph M.; daughters Judy Yancey and Kathleen Spencer; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. Her husband of 45 years, Joseph H., died in 1986.

A Funeral Mass was set for 10 a.m. Friday, June 29, at SS. Simon and Jude Church, 8 Cavanaugh Court, West Chester. Burial is to be private.

Donations may be sent to the St. Lucy Day School for Children With Visual Impairments, 4251 L St., Philadelphia 19124.


Contact Walter F. Naedele at 215-854-5607 or wnaedele@phillynews.com.

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