Dolores Mulvihill Zebrowski, an Army nurse during World War II and a nursing and administration official at Southampton Hospital during a career of six decades, died there on Oct. 24. She had been in failing health for several months and was 90 years old.
Born on Glover Street on May 6, 1922, to Daniel and Anna Mulvihill, Ms. Zebrowski attended St. Andrew’s Catholic School there and Sag Harbor’s Pierson High School, from which she graduated in 1940. She became a registered nurse at Southampton Hospital’s School of Nursing before being commissioned in the Army Nurse Corps in March of 1945. A short marriage to Charles Zebrowski in 1953 ended in divorce.
Ms. Zebrowski was assigned to the 1247th Hospital Train Unit, responsible for transporting injured and sick soldiers returning from the European and Pacific Theatres to hospitals near their homes. After the war, she worked at the hospital at MacDill Air Force field in Tampa, Fla. She was discharged as a first lieutenant in 1947.
Ms. Zebrowski’s military service was recognized with the American Theatre of Operations Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. More recently, she received a New York State medal for merit. Of her wartime experience, often as the lone night-duty nurse of the hospital train, she said in a 2007 interview, “I looked forward to it, because I like excitement and I felt a duty to go. Right now, if I could be young again, I’d be at the big hospital in Germany where all the Iraq injured are sent.”
During her years at Southampton Hospital, Ms. Zebrowski received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in nursing education from New York University, as well as a degree in health administration from C.W. Post, a division of Long Island University. She eventually became the director of nursing and an assistant administrator at the hospital. She was known to champion increased responsibility and recognition for the nursing profession.
Ms. Zebrowski was chosen to be one of a group of senior nursing officials to visit the People’s Republic of China after full diplomatic relations were restored in the early 1970s. She retired from the hospital in 1984, but continued to be active there as a member of the hospital’s board of directors until 2007.
Ms. Zebrowski’s travels took her to Europe, Russia, South America, and the Far East aboard world famous ocean liners, including the United States, the Bremen, the Michelangelo, and the Queen Mary II. She took world cruises aboard the Queen Elizabeth II six times.
Devoted to her family, Ms. Zebrowski invited various members join her on portions of her many cruises. She also shared a table with relatives at the Hampton Classic Horse Show and was catalyst for many large family gatherings. She was said to be at her best when planning the next event.
Ms. Zebrowski became active in preservation efforts here, and eventually sold the family farm, the Brickilns, to the Town of Southampton. The land is now the centerpiece of the Anna and Daniel Mulvihill Preserve.
Among organizations, Ms. Zebrowski was a 65-year member of the Chelberg and Battle Post of the American Legion, a member of the Columbiettes, a Legion auxiliary, and the Army Nurse Corps Assocation. She was a member of the Southampton Trails Association, the Group for the East End, the Peconic Land Trust, and Cormaria Retreat House. She was a lifelong member and supporter of St. Andrew’s Church.
Ms. Zebrowski is survived by a nephew, Daniel F. Mulvihill of New York and Bridgehampton, and by four nieces, Mary Pecoraro of Stoneham, Mass., Nancy Mulvihill of Escondido, Calif., and Mary Ann Mulvihill-Decker and Carol Ahlers, both of Sag Harbor. She also has several surviving grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Her siblings, Elizabeth, Daniel, and William Mulvihill, died before her.
A wake was held at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor on Sunday, and a funeral Mass was said on Monday at St. Andrew’s Church. Burial followed at St. Andrew’s Cemetery. Memorial donations have been suggested to Cormaria, P.O. Box 1993, Sag Harbor 11963 or the Chelberg and Battle Post’s scholarship fund, P. O. Box 541 Sag Harbor 11963.