Labouré names scholarship for Dot’s ‘Lovely Nurse’ Doherty

Milton-based Labouré College of Healthcare this week announced a new memorial scholarship named for the late Carole A. Doherty, RN, created by the Doherty family in memory of their mother, a Labouré-educated nurse. The scholarship will be awarded to single mothers working toward a career in nursing. 

The Doherty family and Labouré will kick off a fundraising effort to endow the fund with the Labouré Care Awards, an event to be held at Granite Links on Wed., June 29.

Doherty, who lived in Savin Hill, spent much of her career at the former Little House Health Center on Dorchester Avenue. A single mother of six children, she graduated from Labouré in 1984. She passed away in 2020 from Covid-19.

“Our mother would introduce herself as ‘Carole, the lovely nurse,’” says Tom Doherty. She was great with the elderly, and she was naturally great with kids. She would sing silly, funny songs to them and they always left feeling better than they came after seeing Mom.”

Carole’s granddaughter, Erin, is currently a student in Labouré nursing program.

“I have a picture of her on my desk that I look at when I do schoolwork, and it’s a nice way to remember that she’s watching over me,” she said. One day I’ll be just like her - a nurse from Labouré.”

Said Lyn Clark, Nurse Doherty’s daughter: “My mother would be so proud of this scholarship. To help people that are walking in her shoes. Nothing could make her prouder.”

Labouré and the Doherty family hope to raise over $100,000 to fully endow the scholarship fund. If you would like to support the effort, mail donations to the Carole A. Doherty, RN Memorial Fund to Labouré College, 303 Adams Street, Milton, MA 02186, or give online at Please indicate that the donation is for the Carole Doherty scholarship fund. Tickets for the awards event on June 29 are available at

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