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Gwendoline M McCullagh

August 23, 1938 January 5, 2019
Gwendoline M McCullagh
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Our beloved wife and mother, Gwendoline Mary McCullagh (nee Murray), 80, of Skillman NJ, passed away on January 5, 2019 after a long illness.
Gwen was born in Dublin, Ireland on August 23, 1938 to Rose (Mooney) and Vincent Murray. She graduated from University College Dublin/Mater School of Physiotherapy and a Teaching Certificate at Guy’s Hospital in London.
In 1962 she emigrated to America. On January 26, 1963 she married her lifelong partner, John F. (Jack) McCullagh. In October 1965, their son Brendan Paul arrived. Gwen always lived in New Jersey, first in Newark, then Cranford, then in 1975 the family moved to their long held home in Skillman.
Gwen’s passion for helping others was manifest in her professional work as a Physical Therapist, first at Newark Beth Israel Hospital, then the Medical Center of Princeton and also the Medical Center of Ocean County. Even as she moved into executive roles she kept clinical patients and was known as a tireless advocate for her patients and clinical staff. She was a member of the APTA from 1964 until her death and served in many national and statewide offices for that organization. She was also a member of the New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.
Gwen’s other passion in life was animals. She began showing and breeding Basset Hounds in 1973. For over 40 years she travelled the country and the world showing, judging and enjoying the company of other dog lovers, especially the Basset Hound and Border Terrier communities.
In her retirement Gwen was an enthusiastic amateur genealogist, researching and documenting her own as well as others. She enjoyed the return trips with her husband and son to her native Ireland, as well as sea travel and visiting her son and grandson, Nicholas, in Salt Lake City UT.
Gwen’s contributions to her profession and her hobbies were many. Her loss is profound. She is missed by her surviving family: her husband Jack of Skillman NJ, her son Brendan (Kristin) of Salt Lake City UT, and her grandson Nicholas, also of Salt Lake.


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