Sister Marie de Paul Rochester was the last in a long line of sisters to run St. Joseph’s Hospital, a St. Paul institution that stands as Minnesota’s oldest medical center. But the woman who served as a hospital administrator for nearly two decades also had a sense of humor. The endless meetings that a hospital chief must attend could be dubbed “the new asceticism,” she told the Pioneer Press in 1978. Of the two men who jointly succeeded her as administrator, she joked: “I say it takes two men to replace one woman.”
Sister Rochester of St. Paul died Wednesday, Dec. 26, at age 99.