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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Patricia A. O'Connor-Finn Nursing Professor

Patricia A. O'Connor-Finn, 79, an assistant professor of psychiatric and mental health nursing at American University from 1968 to 1995, died March 29 of pulmonary fibrosis at her home in Chevy Chase.

From 1985 to 1988, Mrs. O'Connor-Finn was an interim dean at American and later director of its faculty and staff assistance program.

Patricia Ann O'Connor was born in Pittsfield, Mass. She received bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing in 1951 and 1954, respectively, from Catholic University.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, she taught psychiatric and mental health nursing at Georgetown University and worked at a crisis intervention center at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington. She also was a childbirth educator.

During retirement, she was a long-term care ombudsman for Montgomery County.

A resident of Chevy Chase since 1968, she was a board member of the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Coalition, a nonprofit environmental preservation group, and a member of the Woman's Club of Chevy Chase.

She was a Eucharistic minister and a member of the Catholic Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Edward Finn of Chevy Chase; four children, Joseph Finn of Homosassa, Fla., Mary Sorrentino of Memphis, Matthew Finn of Goodland, Fla., and Andrew Finn of Silver Spring; two sisters; and five grandchildren.

-- Lauren Wiseman

Annette K. Gisoldi Paralegal

Annette K. Gisoldi, 47, a paralegal with Dross, Levenstein, Perilman and Kopstein, a law firm in Waldorf, died March 28 at Casey House hospice in Rockville of a brain tumor.

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