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“Saddened to learn of Arlene's passing. She was a classmate at Russell Sage College and fellow nursing major. Later our paths crossed in the Boston...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Janet Jones

“The fondest memories of my long time family friend. I feel a sadness that we lost connection, and I pray for the bese for Karen. ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: NICHOLAS Nicky - Friend

“Karen, I remember meeting you and Arlene at the Stoneham Theatre.I enjoy Arlene's sense of humor and brave spirit. I am so sorry for your loss.Kathy...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Kathleen Melvin - Melrose, MA

“Arlene took me under her wing when I was at Nursing School. She had amazing intuition and a brilliant mind. I will always be grateful she was there...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Mary Jane Levasseur - Cambridge, MA

“Dr. Arlene McGrory was a well-respected nurse faculty colleague at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her research and teaching positively...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Karen Devereaux Melillo - Lowell, MA

“I will miss you but have you in my heart ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Karen Wheelock - Malden, MA

“I met Arlene almost 50 years ago, when we both happened to be doing temp nursing work at the BI in Boston. Christmas came along, and since we were...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Susan Horne - Burnsville, NC

“Karen and family,I am so sorry to hear about Arlene's passing. I knew Arlene during her time as nursing supervisor at MEEI.What I do Remember the...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Annabelle Shields - Melrose, MA

“Sincere condolences.Claudia FredaBriar Hill ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Claudia Freda - MALDEN, MA

“Arlene will be missed greatly She was a dear friend and I enjoyed spending many a holiday with her My her memory be or a blessing Maureen ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: MAUREEN FRITZ - Malden, MA

“Arlene was one of the most special, caring, intelligent, and unique women I have ever known in my life. It was a privilege that I got to know her and...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Carol Barker - Temple Terrace, FL

“Such a wonderful lady. She was loved by many and will now be missed by all. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Elaine Wheeler


Arlene A. McGrory, 76, of Malden passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020 at Elmhurst Healthcare following a lengthy illness. She is the loving spouse of Karen A. Wheelock with whom she shared 15 years of marriage.

Arlene was born November 28, 1943 in Newark, NJ, daughter of the late Thomas J. and Lillian E. (Schoellhamer) McGrory. Arlene was raised by her mother's second husband the late Norman Hacket. She was a resident of Malden for over 25 years previously residing in Medford and Everett. She was raised in New Jersey, a graduate of Woodbridge Senior High School, Woodbridge, NJ, which was just the beginning of her educational journey. She received her diploma in Nursing from Perth Amboy General Hospital in Perth Amboy, NJ. She went onto Russell Sage College in Troy, NY where she earned her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. Arlene then moved to Malden where she started working as an assistant instructor at Malden Hospital School of Nursing. She continued her educational pursuits and received her Master's Degree of Science in Nursing from Boston University and a Doctorate of Nursing from Boston University.

During her career, Arlene taught at other colleges and schools of nursing in the Boston area. Her last employment was as an assistant professor in the undergraduate Department of College of Health Professionals, University of Lowell. She was also the Nursing Supervisor at Mass Eye and Ear in Boston.

Arlene had a passion for teaching which she passed on to her students during her teaching career.

Arlene belonged to numerous professional and community organizations, ETA Mega Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau, an international Honor Society of Nursing, and The Associates of Thanatology and was an advisor for the Learning for Supportive Care. She also belonged to the Zonta Club of Malden, a professional Business Women's International organization.

Arlene enjoyed traveling; she combined this with her professional career and lectured all over the country. She presented a research paper at an international Nursing Organization in Vienna.

Arlene published a book titled "A Well Model Approach to the Care of the Dying Client."

Being a gourmet cook, she had a recipe included in WGBH's "Lights, Camera Kitchen."

Arlene kept her since of humor, her intuitiveness and intellectual curiosity throughout her long struggle with Parkinson's disease.

She was much loved by her wife Karen, who had been with Arlene since 1983. They both lived and loved thru many history making events in obtaining civil rights for the LGB Community.

Arlene was the step sister of the late Norman P. Hackett, Jr. of Michigan and is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose, on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 9:00-11:00 AM followed by an 11:00 AM Prayer service in the Funeral Home. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Peabody.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Donation Processing, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014
Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or at https://www.michaeljfox.org/donate/our-goal-urgently-needed-cure?smcid=ap-a1b1R0000086fHf