About Roberta C. Ferguson
Thomas G. Ferguson, the Center’s founding donor and a long time friend of Saint Clare’s, named the center in memory of his beloved wife, Roberta, who worked as a pediatric nurse for many years.
Roberta passed away in mid-2003 following a brave seven-year battle with bone marrow cancer. Roberta was a remarkable woman whose love went beyond her family to so many other people. Children, in particular, had a special place in her heart.
Roberta’s enthusiasm for children inspired her to become a nurse after she graduated from Farleigh Dickinson University in 1964. She worked in the pediatric units at Passaic General Hospital and Valley Hospital, Ridgewood.
Roberta championed a wide range of causes, including the American Cancer Society, a battered women’s organization, the Morris County Shelter and the Legal center for Defense of Life. She was also an avid volunteer, providing counseling to teen mothers at crisis pregnancy shelters.
The Roberta C. Ferguson Pediatric Center is truly be a special place for health and healing for the youngest and most vulnerable of patients, and a living memorial to the care, compassion and dedication that was so much a part of Roberta’s life. Saint Clare’s, with its own history of caring and compassion, is the perfect home for the Center.