Obituary - Francine R. Margolius

  • Friday, August 8, 2014

Margolius, Francine R. RN, Ed.D, MSN, FAAN, Mount Pleasant, SC

Dr. Francine R. Margolius, wife of the late Dr. Harry S. Margolius, passed away on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 after a brief illness. Dr. Margolius was born in Boston, MA, daughter of the late Maurice Rockwood and Minnie Troppour Rockwood. Dr. Margolius was an Associate Professor with tenure in the College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina and was honored with the title of Professor Emerita upon retirement after serving with distinction for over 30 years. She was Department Chair from 1995 - 2000 and a member of the Graduate Faculty in the College of Graduate Studies from 1994 to 2005. Dr. Margolius attended University of Vermontís Mary Fletcher Hospital School of Nursing and subsequently served as one of the youngest heads of the University of Cincinnatiís Clinical Nursing Unit at the time. Incidentally, she also moved in next door to her eventual husband, Dr. Harry S. Margolius, who was studying at University of Cincinnatiís College of Medicine. Dr. Margolius earned both her Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Nursing from the University of Maryland, as well as a Doctor of Education Degree from the University of South Carolina. Notably, she enhanced her pursuit of the latter with a 12-month sabbatical to Cambridge, England where she developed a teaching tool for children and parents of children with congenital heart defects. Dr. Margolius was also a Master Hypnotist, a Family Nurse Practitioner, completed advance training in the use of Clinical Guided Imagery, was a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and most recently was an End-of-Life Counselor and Guardian Ad Litem, literally up to the day she fell ill. Dr. Margolius was particularly dedicated to childrenís research and helped develop multiple pain assessment tools for young children, including for those either pre-verbal or cognitively impaired. As a result of these types of achievements and more, Dr. Margolius was presented with the Award of Excellence for her contributions to nursing leadership by the South Carolina League for Nursing.

Dr. Margolius was astoundingly active in countless pursuits outside of professional nursing, fueled by intense and remarkable generosity and compassion. These traits were perhaps nowhere further on display than throughout the care of her beloved husbandís prolonged, 12-year battle with Pickís Disease leading up to his passing in 2012. Dr. Margolius also possessed a simply boundless curiosity about the world, which perpetuated participation in endeavors ranging from being the soprano leader in the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus to clogging. Beyond her extraordinary character, Dr. Margoliusí sense of humor was truly unprecedented, helping drive laughter and perspective in any situation. She also demonstrated unique sketching and painting talents, and was an avid gardener, reader and world traveler. In just the past 6 months, she was able to make trips to both Costa Rica and Norway.

Dr. Margoliusí devotion to and love for her children were beyond compare. She is lovingly survived by her daughter, Elizabeth A. Margolius of Chicago, IL and son-in-law, Neil McNamara of New York, NY, son, Craig M. Margolius and his wife, Melissa of Nashville, TN, sister, Irene Michelson and brother, Robert Rockwood and brother-in-law, Judge Richard V. Margolius.

The relatives and friends of Dr. Francine Margolius are invited to attend her funeral services at the Thomas P. Mooney Funeral Home followed by a brief graveside prayer at the Nassau Schodack Cemetery, Nassau, NY on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 10:00am. Family and friends are invited to attend a gathering in celebration of Dr. Margoliusí life at the family home, 206 Molasses Lane, Mount Pleasant, SC on Saturday, August 16 at 10:00am - 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Drs. Harry and Francine Margolius Memorial Fund, c/o Medical University of South Carolina Foundation Office, 18 Bee Street, Charleston, SC 29425. Local arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr Inc. of Mount Pleasant, SC. New York arrangements by Thomas P. Mooney Funeral Home of Nassau, NY.

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