Anscombe, E. Muriel, Vertical File


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Anscombe, E. Muriel, Vertical File



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Born in Canada, E. Muriel Anscombe attended Western Reserve University and Teachers College, Columbia University. A registered nurse, Anscombe joined the staff of the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis in 1925 as director of Nursing. In January 1926 Anscombe became superintendent of the Hospital, responsible for the day-to-day operation of the institution.

In May 1938 Anscombe suffered a severe stroke. Though her salary was continued through part of 1939, Anscombe was terminated by the Hospital's president in December 1938. Anscombe returned to Canada in 1939, and turned to teaching and writing about hospital administration. Anscombe was a charter fellow of the American College of Hospital Administrators and an honorary life member of the American Hospital Association. She served as president of the Midwest Hospital Association and wrote numerous articles about hospital administration for publications such as Modern Hospital, Hospital Management Magazine, and the American College of Surgeons Bulletin.

In 1959 Anscombe published a novel entitled Jean's Tragic Dilemma. Set in a fictional large hospital in a fictional mid-western town, the book explored the challenge faced by the heroine, a hospital administrator, of marriage versus career. Many staff members of the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis felt the book was autobiographical, complete with thinly veiled, uncomplimentary portraits of several hospital staff and board members. Muriel Anscombe died of cancer in Detroit on December 14, 1959 at the age of 71.

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  • Latin

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