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Ruth Marilyn Deglin, nee Blitzstein, was born on January 10, 1924 and grew up in South Jersey in the town of Salem. In the early 1940s, she entered nursing school at Jewish Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (presently Albert Einstein Medical Center). During her surgical nurse training, which coincided with World War II, she worked at the Naval Hospital in Jamaica, Long Island, New York. She graduated in 1945. After her marriage in 1948, Deglin continued to nurse at many Philadelphia area hospitals and corporations. She also worked as a private duty nurse. While on-staff at Jeanes Hospital in 1968, Ruth got cancer of the thyroid. After treatment, she recovered and continued to work as a nurse until the mid-1970s, when she returned to college and received a Bachelor of Art degree from Temple University. Due to health issues at that time, she did not return to nursing. Deglin moved to California in 2001, residing near her two oldest children until her passing on February 26, 2008.
This collection contains Deglin’s nursing cape, as well as other nursing-related artifacts from her career. It also includes photographs of Deglin and her class at Jewish Hospital during WWII. These items are accompanied by biographical information prepared by Ruth Deglin’s daughter, Dana Deglin.
Gift of Dana Deglin, 2010.
- University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
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- Finding aid prepared by Bethany Myers
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This collection is unrestricted.
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