Jersey City, NJ, June 19, 2017 − It isn’t every day that an Alaris Health Member Center resident turns 100 years young, let alone 107. For such a momentous occasion, Alaris Health at St. Mary’s pulled out all the stops to make this birthday unforgettable.
Alaris Health at St. Mary’s resident Samuel George MacFoy was born on May 1, 1917, in Greenville, Liberia at a time when Woodrow Wilson was President of the United States, James Fairman Fielder was Governor of New Jersey and a dozen eggs cost a mere 34 cents. Mr. MacFoy grew up in Liberia and began his public service career by entering the civil service as a bookkeeper in the Ministry of Justice, rising through the ranks to chief accountant, director of finance and operations and finally assistant minister for finance and operations until he retired in 1980. He settled in Newark with his beloved wife of more than 50 years, Mrs. Gladys MacFoy, and has been an active member of St. Philip’s Cathedral and very involved with the local Liberian community.
MacFoy has seen a lifetime of changes, from steam trains and horse-drawn carriages to high-speed trains, planes and automobiles. He lived through two World Wars, the Great Depression, the Liberian coup d’ėtat, the Civil Rights Era and is the oldest known living member of the Liberian Justice Ministry. He is a pioneer, role model and mentor, and was honored by Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2010 on the nation’s 163rd independence day for a lifetime’s worth of achievements and dedication.
Amidst a room full of Mr. MacFoy’s beloved friends, family, staff and residents, Alaris Health at St. Mary’s hosted a birthday celebration for him on May 1st. To make the day even more memorable, City of Orange Mayor Dwayne Warren came to present him with a special tribute, a mayoral proclamation honoring his life and achievements. Mayor Warren then declared May 6th as Samuel MacFoy Day in Orange and joked, “Mr. MacFoy can do 100 miles an hour in his
wheelchair on every 6th of May without worrying about getting a speeding ticket”. Residents of the Liberian community also came to commemorate Mr. MacFoy.
It is with great honor that Alaris Health at St. Mary’s has the pleasure of having Mr. MacFoy as a resident. Alaris Health at St. Mary’s Administrator Gerry Nwabueze said in closing remarks, “longevity could be attributable to DNA or destiny, but we ensure that our residents get the best care and treatment by providing programs, conditions and care that optimize our residents’ psychological, mental and physical well-being. We respect their dignity and privacy as we would want ours respected.”
About Alaris Health
Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.
Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.
For more information, please visit www.alarishealth.com or call (855)7-ALARIS for more information.