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11972 JEFFERSON CO – NORA D. DEAN – Dean, Dearringer, Pitcher, Thurman

11972 History of Kentucky, The Blue Grass State.
Volume III Illustrated. The S. J. Clarke
Publishing Company, Chicago – Louisville, 1928

Nora D. Dean, who resides in the
Weissinger-Gaulbert apartments of Louisville,
made a splendid record as an overseas nurse
during the World war and is now completing her
preparation for the practice of medicine. She is
a daughter of Samuel Harrison and Emily Jane
(Dearringer) Dean, who make their home at
Harrodsburg, the oldest settlement in Kentucky.
Her ancestors in the maternal line came to
America with early pioneers. Her
great-grandmother, who bore the maiden name of
Johanna Pitcher and who married a Mr. Thurman of
Virginia, was a first cousin of Molly Pitcher.
Like the other pioneers of the locality, Mrs.
Johanna (Pitcher) Thurman and her husband lived
in a log cabin which they had erected in the
vicinity of Riverview, Mercer county, Kentucky.

When a maiden of fourteen summers Nora D. Dean
left the paternal roof to attend the high school
at McAfee, this state. Subsequently she was
engaged in teaching in the country schools for a
period of eighteen months. In 1912 she entered
the Norton Memorial Infirmary of Louisville, and
three years later, in 1915, was graduated
therefrom as a trained nurse. Thereafter she did
hospital work in the St. Rose Hospital at Great
Bend, Kansas, after which she returned to
Louisville and here served as surgical supervisor
of the Deaconess Hospital until 1918. When the
United States became involve in the World war she
enlisted and went to Camp Meade, Maryland, where
she spent three months. At the end of that time
she was sent overseas, where she remained with
the army for eleven months, being stationed at
Rimaucourt, France, as nurse at Base Hospital No.
59 during the entire period. She was also in
charge of the unit at the time of its
demobilization on the 23rd of August, 1919.

Four days following her return to the United
States, Miss Dean went to work at radiology for
the firm of Keith & Keith, physicians, remaining
in their offices in the Francis building in
Louisville until 1921. During the two succeeding
years she pursued a pre-medical course, working
and attending college at the same time. She
attended the University of Minnesota in the
summer of 1923 and during the school year of
1924-1925 was an instructor in histology and
embryology, at the same time continuing her own
college work. In addition to this she was
assistant instructor of the freshman class in
dental anatomy in 1924 and 1925. Miss Dean
continued to attend college and received the
degree of M. D. from the University of Louisville
in June, 1927, after which she took up work as an
interne at the Memorial Hospital of Worcester,
Massachusetts. She is a member of Pi Beta Phi and
also of the medical fraternity Alpha Omega Alpha.
Her name is likewise on the membership rolls of
the American Red Cross, the American Legion and the Overseas Club.

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