Elizabeth Simonds Oral History


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Elizabeth Simonds Oral History


  • September 18, 2006 (Creation)


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(circa 1925-2014)

Biographical history

Elizabeth J. Garrett Simonds was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. She graduated from Washington University School of Nursing with Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1947. Betty then went on to work in the admissions office at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, and presented speeches at the high schools as a recruiting officer for the Barnes School of Nursing. After her marriage, she moved to Peru with her husband, Warren, who was a coordinator in setting up a government hospital in Lima, Peru. Betty and Warren later moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she spent many years as a Red Cross Nurse and volunteer, and was often called upon to oversee and set up disaster shelters in the southern states, and received many Volunteer of the Year awards. After raising 3 children, Betty was employed for the next 25 years for the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board working as a registered nurse in the local schools. She was so devoted to those young children that when she could not reach a parent regarding a child's health, she would make a house call. Betty also became an advocate for health education in the schools. In 1983, Betty was installed as the President of the Louisiana State School Nurses Association. Source: Obituary, TheAdvocate.com, 2014.

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Interview for the School of Nursing Alumni.

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The collection is open and accessible for research.

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Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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