Rosie L. Stanfield, a registered nurse who later became the first African-American director of nursing at Spring Grove Hospital Center, died Saturday of ovarian cancer at Gilchrist Hospice in Towson.
The longtime Randallstown resident was 66.
The daughter of a long-distance truck driver and a homemaker, Rosie Louise Walker — who went by the name Rose — was born one of 10 children in Olney. The family later moved to Catonsville, where she attended Baltimore County public schools.
She was forced to drop out of high school in the 10th grade because she was expecting her first child, family members said.
In 1967, she began working as a nursing aide at...