January 3, 2013

Hospital Administator of Two Decades Dies

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.

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