Frances Shea-Buckley

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Frances Shea-Buckley
Born Massachusetts
Died July 8, 2015(2015-07-08) (aged 86)
San Diego, California
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1951-1954, 1960-1983
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held Director of the United States Navy Nurse Corps, Naval Health Sciences Education and Training Command
Battles/wars Vietnam War

Retired Rear Admiral Frances Teresa Shea-Buckley was the Director of the Navy Nurse Corps from 1979 to 1983.[1]

Early life[edit]

Frances Teresa Shea was born in 1929 in Massachusetts. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Joseph College in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1950.[1]

Navy Nurse Corps career[edit]

Shea joined the Navy Nurse Corps in 1951 and stayed in the Reserves when she left active duty in 1954. She earned a master of science degree in nursing service administration from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois in 1960, and returned to active duty.[1] Billets of increasing responsibility included a stint as operating room supervisor in hospital ship USS Repose off Vietnam in 1968. Shea became director of the Navy Nurse Corps in 1979, and became the first director to add additional concurrent billets to that duty, including commanding officer of Naval Health Sciences Education and Training Command, and deputy commander for Personnel Management, Naval Medical Command.[1]

See also[edit]

One of her closest friends and a retired Navy nurse, Ellen Citrano, of San Diego has stated that Frances was first female admiral in the U.S. Navy.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Godson, Susan H. (2001). Serving Proudly: A history of Women in the U.S. Navy. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-317-6. 
  2. ^ Greenwood Mortuary, San Diego, CA

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Preceded by
Maxine Conder
Director, Navy Nurse Corps
Succeeded by
Mary Joan Nielubowicz