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St. Mary's Sister Celeste dies

Dec. 03, 2012 @ 12:46 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Sister Celeste Lynch, former director of the St. Mary’s School of Nursing and president of Pallottine Health Services, the parent corporation of St. Mary’s Medical Center, died Sunday, according to Sharon Shaw, public relations manager for the medical center.

Lynch was a 1950 graduate of the School of Nursing before moving on to serve as its director. During her tenure she was known for her ability to implement critical decisions that served to keep the nursing program current and resulted in the only hospital-based program in West Virginia still in operation today.

Under her leadership, the first married student and the first male student were admitted to the nursing program, and an affiliation was established with Marshall University, where nursing students could take support classes and receive college credit.

In 1995, Sr. Celeste became President of Pallottine Health Services, where she served another 17 years before retiring in 2012 at the age of 88.

She was inducted into St. Mary's Medical Center's Wall of Fame in November, and was honored with The Herald-Dispatch's Special Community Impact Award in March.

Arrangements are pending.