Freeman, Ruth B. (1906–1982)

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Freeman, Ruth B. (1906–1982)

American nurse. Name variations: Ruth Benson Freeman. Born Dec 6, 1906, in Methuen, Massachusetts; died Dec 2, 1982, in Cockeyesville, Maryland; dau. of Wilbur Milton Freeman and Elsie (Lawson) Freeman; graduate of Mt. Sinai Hospital School of Nursing (NY); Columbia University, BS, 1934, MA, 1939; New York University, EdD, 1951; m. Anselm Fisher, 1927; children: 1.

Esteemed educator, speaker, author, and nurse, worked as staff nurse at Henry Street Visiting Nurse Service in New York City; taught at New York University (1937–41) and at University of Minnesota School of Public Health (1941–46); was administrator of nursing services at American Red Cross in Washington, DC, and a consultant to National Security Resources Board; invited to establish a nursing program at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (1950), served as a professor of public health administration (1950–62), professor of public health (1962–71), and professor emerita (1971–82) while there; was president of the National League for Nursing (1955–59).