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Object Name: St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing student cape
Date: 1953-1954
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Medium: Wool, metal
Dimensions: Overall: 36 × 27 in. (91.4 × 68.6 cm)
Description: Navy wool cape with two button tabs for closure; red wool lining; metal chain for hanging.
Credit Line: Gift made in loving memory of Josephine Seuringer Mahoney (1935-2014) by her family
Object Number: 2016.49.1
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Marks: Printed on label: "Bruck's Nurses Apparel" Embroidered in red thread inside collar: "Seuringer" (owner's name)

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The cape was worn by Josephine Seuringer Mahoney (1935-2014) when she was studying at the St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing between 1953 and 1956. The daughter of German immigrants, Seuringer grew up in Astoria, Queens. She graduated from high school in 1953 and entered a 3 year nursing program at St. Vincent’s. Seuringer graduated at the top of her class in 1956, then received her BSN from Columbia in 1958, at which point she returned to St. Vincent’s as an instructor. Seuringer married William Edward Mahoney in 1959 and continued to teach at St. Vincent’s before staying home to raise four children. When her youngest was two and her eldest 14 Seuringer attended Seton Hall, where she earned a degree as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in 1975. She worked as a nurse practitioner at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and the Stamford Head Start Program in Stamford, Connecticut.