Life Story for Veronica C. O' Day (Caulfield) PhD
Veronica Caulfield O’ Day, of Yonkers, NY, formerly of Brewster, NY, died Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Field Home Holy Comforter. She was 91 years old.
Veronica was the second daughter of Benedict J. Caulfield and Veronica Martin Caulfield born on April 4, 1925 in Yonkers, NY. She graduated from Charles E. Gorton High School in 1943 with honors. On August 30, 1943 she enrolled herself at the Cochran School of Nursing of St. John’s Riverside Hospital, shortly after her enrollment the Cadet Nurse Corps was established and she became a Cadet Nurse. She graduated in 1946 where she proudly accepted the Cochran School Alumnae Award for outstanding Scholastics. After graduation she enrolled in the nursing program at NYU where she attended part-time earning her B.S. in nursing education in 1950.
On November 3, 1951, Veronica married William M. O’ Day in Yonkers, NY. Several years later they adopted two children, James and Anne. After theses adoptions Veronica devoted herself to her family. William predeceased her in February 1986.
Dr. O’ Day worked towards her doctorate in nursing at Pace University. Once she completed the doctoral program Veronica was elected the delegate to the American Nurses Association conventions from NYS District 16 until 1997. She also served as the president and board member actively participating in many activities. Veronica traveled the world. She was active in the consortium of Institutes of Higher Education in health in Europe, and was a member of the North American Consortium of Nursing and allied health. Community service was very important to Veronica, she worked with the American Heart Association, Research Committee of Montrose Veterans administration. She always encouraged nursing research.
Dr. O’ Day received many awards in her lifetime, her committed work with Zeta Omega Chapter at-Large won her a jeweled Sigma Theta Tau pin. Her historical video presentations and oral histories won the Sigma Theta Tau Regional Heritage Award. She was the recipient of the first Mae J. Pepper Award.
Veronica leaves behind a legacy with more than six publications, and many student’s assisted with their schooling.
Veronica is survived by her children; James O’ Day and Anne O’Day - DioDati, her 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. She was predeceased by her sister Mary.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday October 15, 2016 at 11am at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church. Interment of her ashes will follow at Raymond Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers contributions in her memory may be made to The New York Foundling, Development Department, 590 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011.