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Muriel E. Haggerty

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Haggerty, Muriel E.

Canandaigua: Age 89, passed away May 10, 2014, at home, with her family by her side, from complications of colon cancer. She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Dr. Robert J. Haggerty. She was devoted to her four children, Robert (Julie) Haggerty, Janet Gibbons, Richard (Nancy) Haggerty and John (Jennifer) Haggerty; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother, Donald Protzmann.

Mrs. Haggerty was born and raised in New York City and was the daughter of Ernest and Ethel (Morhard) Protzmann. She graduated from Walton High School in the Bronx and the Lankenau School of Nursing in Philadelphia. Mrs. Haggerty worked as an obstetrical nurse at New York Hospital. She and her husband were married in New York City in 1949 and moved to Rochester, where she worked for the Visiting Nurse Association of greater Rochester. Mrs. Haggerty showed true compassion for those in need.

In the late 1970's and early 1980's, she was the editorial assistant for two American Academy of Pediatrics journals. After living in Boston, MA, Rochester, NY, London, England, Palo Alto, CA, and Manhattan, she and her husband renovated and moved to their home on Canandaigua Lake in 1992-- her favorite place in the world. Mrs. Haggerty renewed her commitment to the University of Rochester Women's Club (President 1998-2001) and the University Garden Club (President 2002 and program chair 2003-2006), totaling over 45 years of service to these organizations. In April of 2014, she earned her place in the 7th District Federated Garden Clubs of NYS Book of Recognition. In addition to gardening, she was an avid birdwatcher, a lover and collector of art, a reader with wide interests, and a lover of the theater and classical music. Mrs. Haggerty traveled extensively with her husband to international sites, when he was Executive Director of the International Pediatric Association, as well as many sites in the U.S. while her husband was President of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She carried out the role of hostess at these meetings with skill and met and cared for spouses of the delegates with grace and real affection for people of many races and cultures.

Mrs. Haggerty had a positive and upbeat approach to life and was always helpful and supportive to friends in need. But her first priority was always to support and nurture her family.

Services are private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Haggerty/Friedman Fund at Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong, 300 E. River Rd., PO Box 278996, Rochester, NY 14627. The fund supports research and training in behavioral and developmental problems of children. Arrangements are by Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home, Inc., Canandaigua. Condolences may be offered at www.johnsonkennedy.com

Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on May 11, 2014
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