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Faye Glenn Abdellah Papers 1952-2004
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Biography

Biographical Note

Born March 13, 1919 in New York, NY, Rear Admiral Faye Glenn Abdellah, Ed.D., LL.D., Sc.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. was a leader in both the development of nursing research and nursing as a profession within the Public Health Service (PHS). Trained initially as a nurse at the Fitkin Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Dr. Abdellah went on to receive B.S., M.A., and Ed.D. degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. Almost her entire professional career was spent in the PHS from which she retired in November, 1989 as Deputy Surgeon General.

Dr. Abdellah was the first nurse to hold the rank of a two star Rear Admiral and Deputy Surgeon General of the United States. She was a national pioneer in the field of nursing research and long-term care policy, mental health and the developmentally disabled, home health services, aging, hospice care, and AIDS. She was the founder and first dean of the Graduate School of Nursing at the Uniformed Service University of Health Sciences. Abdellah was elected in to the National Woman's Hall of Fame in 2000. She was also elected a member of the National Academies of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Abdellah died February 24, 2017.