BANGOR – Phyllis Maria McDonough, 96, died Jan. 8, 2014, at a Bangor health care facility. She was born March 6,1917, in Bangor, the daughter of Josephine Welch and James E. McDonough.
She attended Abraham Lincoln School and graduated from Bangor High School in 1936. In September of 1936 she became a student nurse at Garfield Nursing School in Washington, D.C. After she earned her R.N. Phyllis continued working at the Garfield Hospital until the beginning of World War II when she joined the Army Nurse Corps, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant at Fort Myers, Va. She was assigned to the 180th Station hospital at Fort Belvoir, Va. In 1942 Phyllis realized the urgent need for nurses overseas and volunteered. She boarded a troop ship with the 180th and sailed from New York to Plymouth, England. By 1944 Phyllis was commissioned a Captain in the Army Nurse Corps. She served with her unit in Oran, Ain et Turk in North, Corsica, and France in Saint Raphael, Dijon, Nancy, Le Bourget outside of Paris. At the war’s end in 1945 Capt. Phyllis McDonough was discharged and returned to the U.S. where she attended the University of Ottawa in Canada and graduated in 1947 with a Masters Degree. She went on to advance training in Anesthesiology at New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center. She continued working at New York Hospital for ten years and in 1957 moved to Chicago where she taught Anesthesiology for four years at Ravenswood Hospital, and four years at Northwestern University. Phyllis opened a School for Anesthesiology in Los Angeles and taught until 1980 when she returned to Bangor and worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Thayer hospital Waterville in Anesthesiology. Phyllis spent her retired years at her home in Bangor and her summers at her beloved cottage in Sandy Point. She was a daily communicant of St. John’s Catholic Church and sang in the choir. She was a member of the Ladies Aid of Sandy Point.
She is survived by nieces and nephews, Elizabeth Donald, Constance Gibbons, Paul Gibbons, Suzanne Roberts and her husband, Thomas, Mark McGovern and his wife, Elizabeth, and Juliana McGovern; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters, Mildred McGovern, Ruth McDonough, and Lucille Been; and her brother, John L. “Bud” McDonough.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Monday, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Bangor. Honoring Phyllis’ wishes, there will be no calling hours. Arrangements by Greenlawn Funeral Directors, Bangor.