Peggy Reddy Daly (left), Kate Murphy (bottom center), Terri Patterson (top center), Jody Masterson (right) attending the Royal College of Nursing Rehabilitation Conference in Dublin Ireland, 2003
The Greater Philadelphia chapter of ARN and the Rehabilitation Nursing world lost a great colleague on September 12, 2016. Peggy Reddy Daly was an active member of the Greater Philadelphia chapter of ARN. She was one of the early leaders of the GPC chapter and mentored many of our chapter leaders. Many of the GPC were not aware of her death until networking with members last week at the 2016 ARN Education conference. In sharing her notice of passing some GPC members shared memories of Peggy.
"I knew Peggy Reddy Daly very, very well and worked for her for a number of years before she left Jefferson. She was a wonderful Rehabilitation nurse who truly exemplified all that our specialty is about! She was a great mentor and role model for me as I began my rehabilitation nursing career. After a while I lost touch with her as she had moved on and I also moved on and was busy raising my children and I only saw her occasionally and then not at all. I know that deep in her heart and soul she would be truly touched to be recognized by the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of ARN. I was sad to hear of her loss and her last few years, but touched that family and friends were there to care for her.” – Karen Fried
"Peggy and I first met in the early 80’s at an ARN meeting at PCOM Hospital. She was at Jefferson then, and as an active chapter member, we were on many committees together. Peggy was very enthusiastic about rehabilitation nursing, and it was infectious, especially with a new “green” rehab nurse such as myself. She lived out by me, and we soon became friends, often meeting for dinner around King of Prussia (she introduced me to many restaurants then). She had great insight into people, and took a humorous approach to many situations, which I think carried her through with so much in her life. Peggy worked with me in private practice after her retirement from Jefferson, and we had quite the adventures with our home visits. We once presented at a conference together, and walked in with the exact same suit on, hers in bright red, mine in royal blue. We decided it would be our new “presentation uniform”. She had very special friendships with so many people, and their entire families. At an ARN meeting, I was telling her about having an abstract accepted at a conference in Ireland, and it just was a natural next step to have her join us. So Kate Murphy, Jody Masterson, Peggy and myself decided to do a road trip for a week before the conference all over Ireland. Of course we had the best “True Irish Woman” as our guide; Peggy kept a journal of every county, village, B & B, pub and castle we visited. She knew all the words to the Irish songs. It was a great trip, memories I will cherish forever. She was a wonderful mentor, and so many of us learned invaluable rehab nursing care from her, and she was always an ardent advocate for her patients. But most of all, I will value her friendship; as I saw in her a trusted, loyal and caring friend." - Terri Patterson
Bio: Peggy graduated from West Catholic High School in 1958 and spent 13 years as a Sister of Mercy. After earning a Bachelor's in Nursing from Gwynedd Mercy College and a Master's in Nursing from New York University, her ministry of mercy continued as she served as Nurse manager of Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation unit a Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and later worked as a Life Care Consultant with Terri Patterson. Peggy loved the beach and enjoyed traveling, having been to 5 continents.
GPC ARN has made a donation to the Sisters of Mercy in Peggy’s memory.