The Story of Nancy Malloy and her noble sacrifice

Nancy Malloy, from nearby Brockville, Ontario, graduated from the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing in 1968 and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing Science at Queen’s University in 1969. She did not stay in Ontario for long, however, moving east to Montreal to be a teacher and then west to Vancouver where she joined the British Columbia branch of the Red Cross as a nurse and hospital administrator at remote hospitals. 

Nancy Malloy

When she completed her MBA, Nancy Malloy continued to work for the Canadian Red Cross for nine years, working in Ethiopia, Kuwait, Belgrade, Zaire, and Chechnya. It was in Chechnya in 1996 that Malloy would lose her life, along with five others, as she slept in the hospital compound at Novye Atagi. A peace treaty had recently been signed between Russia and Chechnya, but tensions were still high after two years of warfare. A group of armed men (later found out to be Russians on a mission gone wrong), entered the hospital and killed Nancy Malloy and her colleagues. 

Framed original lithograph commemorative postcard of the Kingston General Hospital Nurses’ Home building in 1908. Donated by Linda Dean Perry KGH’68 in memory of a classmate NANCY MALLOY KGH’68. Slain while serving with the Canadian Red Cross in Chechnya December 1996Museum of Health Care 999008001

Malloy was posthumously awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal from the International Committee of the Red Cross, as well as the Meritorious Service Medal from Governor General Romeo LeBlanc, in recognition of her service and sacrifice. Her memory lives on in a monument to Canadian Aid Workers in Rideau Falls, Ottawa, and through the Nancy Malloy Memorial Award given by the Queen’s University School of Nursing.

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Shaelyn Ryan <br>(Collections Technician/Assistant 2022)
Shaelyn Ryan
(Collections Technician/Assistant 2022)

Shaelyn Ryan is a recent graduate of Queen’s University, having completed her Bachelor’s degree in History in 2021, and is returning to Queen’s in the fall to pursue a Master’s degree in History. Either as a Summer Student or Work-Study Student through Queen’s University, Shaelyn has helped catalogue and research many of the museum’s collection of artefacts as a Collections Technician (since 2018). 

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