and Adversity: Dean Florence Wald

Pioneer of Hospice in the U.S.


Dean Florence Wald, Pioneer of Hospice in U.S.

After working at St. Christopher’s Hospice in London with Cicely Saunders, founder of the Hospice movement, Florence Wald organized a study to determine the feasibility of forming a Hospice facility in America. She and her colleagues opened the first Hospice in 1971 in Branford, CT. In 2014 there were more than 4,000 Hospice care facilities in the U.S.

Florence Schorske was born in 1917 in New York. As a child, she had a chronic respiratory ailment and spent several months in the hospital. This experience led her to study nursing. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received a master’s degree in nursing from Yale University School of Nursing and a second one in mental health nursing, also from Yale. Later she taught in the program and became its dean in 1959. She was instrumental in training prison inmates to care for dying inmates.

She married Henry Wald, and they had two children. Henry died in 2000 and Florence died in 2008 at the age of 91.

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Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I published three ebooks in 2020: Women and Adversity, Honoring 23 Black Women; Women and Adversity, Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers; and Women and Adversity, Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. These books are meant to be study guides for all students from grade school through college to help in choosing topics for assignments and to learn more about these noteworthy women. Go to amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and goodreads.com to learn more.

  1. Lolita Ditzler says:

    What a wonderful organization. We were thankful for hospice when our 48-year-old daughter died from breast cancer 8 yrs. ago. She could never be an independent adult so we were blessed to care for her all of her life.

    • I am getting comments now from my Web site and don’t know if I answered this one from you.
      I am so sorry your daughter has passed away. I agree that Hospice is wonderful.

      Thanks for contacting me.

      Jo Ann M.

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