Actress Patricia Stevens, who appeared in at least thirteen episodes of M*A*S*H between 1974 and 1978, passed away last Wednesday (May 26th). Her first episode was “For Want Of A Boot” during Season 2. She was credited first as Nurse Mitchell, then Nurse Baker, Nurse Stevens, Nurse Brown and Nurse Able. Beginning with with “Margaret’s Marriage” in Season 5 she was regularly credited as settling on Nurse Baker (with the exception of her final appearance in “Major Ego” during Season 7, when she was credited as Duty Nurse).
In addition to these credited appearances, she had uncredited roles in several other episodes, including “Springtime” and “Check-Up” during Season 3.
Stevens also voiced the character of Velma Dinkley from 1976 to 1979 on cartoons like Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo and The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour. According to an obituary published in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Stevens later transitioned from acting to teaching, where she worked “with elementary and secondary education teachers, integrating art into the regular curriculum including science and history.” Thanks to John for e-mailing me with this sad news.