Dorothy E. “Dot” McGuckin of West Grove

Dorothy E. "Dot" McGuckin, CDR, USN (Ret.), of West Grove, formerly of Beaufort, S.C., died Aug. 14, at the age of 92.

Born in Trenton, N.J., she was the daughter of John H. and Harriet H. McGuckin. Dot graduated from Trenton High School in 1941. Upon graduation, she worked for the Bell Telephone Co. She later went on to nursing school and earned her RN from the Pennsylvania Hospital in 1948. After earning her RN, she completed postgraduate work at Seton Hall University. In 1952, she moved to Sarasota, FL where she worked as a private duty nurse at Sarasota Memorial Hospital until joining the Navy Nurse Corps in 1957. She served as a Navy nurse for over 20 years, ultimately rising to the rank of commander and served as chief nurse at Beaufort Naval Hospital. During her Navy nursing career she was stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas, Port Lyautey, Kenitra, Morocco, Philadelphia, Bermuda and Beaufort, S.C. She always said she loved the life of a Navy nurse. While there were long hours, she was privileged to help extraordinary young men and women who were serving their country. In addition, she loved the values of the "Corps" as well as the opportunity to travel the world and make lifelong friends along the way.

Following her retirement from the Navy Nurse Corps, she resided in Beaufort, S.C. Dot was an accomplished singer and pianist and music was always a major part of her life. Dot travelled extensively throughout the world, but always loved coming back to Beaufort and her low-country home.   In recent years, she moved north to Jenner's Pond in West Grove, to be close to family.

She was predeceased by her parents, her brother, John McGuckin of Lansing, Mich., and her sister Evelyn (Sis) Barber of Kennett Square. She is survived by her brother-in-law, Donn W. Barber of West Grove, and seven nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the dedicated staff of Jenner's Pond who took such wonderful care of Dot in recent years, as well as their compassionate care during Dot's final days

A private graveside service will be held in Trenton, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Navy Nurse Corps Association Rough Seas Fund or to the Jenner's Pond Benevolent Fund, 2000 Greenbriar Lane, West Grove, Pa 19390. Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. of Kennett Square (610-444-4116) To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit


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