Collection VF08551 - Vietti, Eleanor Ardel, Vertical File


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Vietti, Eleanor Ardel, Vertical File



0.02 Linear Feet

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Eleanor Ardel Vietti was the identical twin sister of Teresa J. Vietti (1927-2009), professor emeritus of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine. Eleanor, who went by her middle name, Ardel, and Teresa both received their undergraduate degrees from Rice University. Ardel earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. After her residency, she became a medical missionary and was appointed to the Ban Me Thuot Leprosarium in Darloc Province, South Vietnam. She worked at the Leprosarium from November 1957 until May 30, 1962, when she was captured with two co-workers (Rev. Archie Mitchell and Dan Gerber) by a group of armed Viet Cong soldiers. The three were never rescued. Ardel Vietti is the only woman who remains unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.

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The Vertical File 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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"Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS), 2013."

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