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Marcus, Marianne T.

  • Person
  • 1932-2022

Marianne Taft Marcus, Ed.D., R.N., F.A.A.N of the University of Texas at Houston School of Nursing served as the John P. McGovern Distinguished Professor of Addiction Nursing and Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Education and Research. In these roles she explored mindfulness and meditation as methods of reducing stress for individuals in recovery and brought together people from diverse backgrounds to support prevention at the community-level. During her time at UT she also served as Chair of the Department of Nursing Systems and Director of the Master of Nursing Education Track, among other roles.

Following her studies at Columbia University, Dr. Marcus worked as a nurse at New York’s Presbyterian Hospital. After taking time to raise her children, she began teaching nursing and added two more graduate degrees from Columbia. In 1980 she returned to Houston, enrolling in the Education doctoral program at the University of Houston and beginning her longstanding affiliation with the UT Health Science Center.

Dr. Marcus received numerous recognitions throughout her career. Just some examples: in 1994 she was elected to a Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing; in 1998 she was awarded the John P. McGovern Award for Excellence in Medical Education presented by the Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction (AMERSA); and in 2006 she was elected to the University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education.

Dr. Marcus was born October 25, 1932 at Hermann Hospital in Houston. Her mother had been a nurse at Hermann, and her grandfather Gordon Avery Taft was on the Hermann Estate Board while the hospital was being built. Marianne Marcus died on January 16, 2022.

Bergstrom, Nancy

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Starck, Patricia

  • Person

Dean Starck was born in Georgia. She earned a masters’ of nursing from Emory University and a doctorate of nursing in 1979 from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She is also a graduate of the Institute of Educational Management at Harvard University and a licensed nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist in mental health and psychiatry. She served as dean of the UT Health Science Center from 1984 to 2014 and continues to serve the UTHSCH as Vice President of Interprofessional Education.

Otto, Dorothy

  • Person
  • d.2020

Dorothy Otto, EdD, MSN, RN, ANEF was an Associate Professor of Nursing Systems at the Cizik School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Dorothy Otto started her nursing career in McAllen, Texas. When the UT School of Nursing in Houston was created in 1972, she came on board as a founding faculty member. Otto would continue to teach there until her retirement in 2015. She also served as acting dean from 1975-1977.

Dr. Otto received her BSN from the University of Houston in 1954; her MSN from Texas Woman's University in 1971; and her EdD from the University of Houston in 1985.

Dorothy Otto died January 4, 2020.


Walden, Senorita Greene

  • Person
  • 1924-2011

Senorita O. Greene was born June 27, 1924 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Her family moved to Fort Worth by 1930. She joined the Army Medical Corps on June 15, 1945 and trained at St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Fort Worth; she earned her nursing degree in 1948. She married Marion Lewis Walden in 1948. She worked as a public health nurse before joining her husband’s business in 1958. Greene died July 4, 2011.

Minato, Kiyoko

  • Person
  • 1926-

Minato was a “genetics” nurse in the early years of the ABCC and Chief of Nurses for many years. She helped doctors collect information from midwives about the condition of newborns and assisted at follow-up housecalls. About 30% of newborns in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were examined by ABCC pediatricians up through 1953. She stated in a 2017 interview (she was 92 years old) that she trained in “pre-war German medicine” and found American medicine quite different.

Brady, Connie

  • Person

Connie Brady was a nursing student at the Shannon West Texas Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas, in 1960-1964.

Baun, Mara M.

  • Person
  • 1942-

Dr. Mara Madeleine Baun was born March 5, 1942, and has lived in Missouri City since 1973.

Hightower, Irma Elizabeth

  • Person
  • 1924-2018

Irma E. "Betty" Hightower. Ms. Hightower was born on December 27, 1924 in Marshall, TX. She graduated from Marshall High School she received her Bachelor of Science degree from East Texas Baptist University. She graduated on May 20, 1945 from the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Houston, TX. She worked as a nurse anesthetist in hospitals in Texas and Louisiana for over 30 years before retiring from Schumpert Medical Center in Shreveport, LA. Her parents were Robert Henry Hightower and Irma Martha Hightower, and her siblings were Bobby Hightower and James Hightower. She passed away on February 7, 2018.

Denham, Leta Elizabeth

  • Person
  • 1895-1982

Leta Elizabeth Denham was born in 1895 in Hempstead, Waller County, Texas, and was one of sixteen children. She attended the Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurses in Houston, Texas, graduating from the program in 1919. The commencement ceremony was held at First Baptist Church in Houston on May 29, 1919. After graduating from nursing school Leta Denham went to China to fulfill her life-long dream of working as a missionary. She served as a medical missionary in Yingtak, China from 1921 to 1922.

Leta Denham married Marcus Jackson Scott in June 1921, and died in Langley, Washington in 1982.

Ostwald, Sharon

  • Person
  • 1941-

Sharon K. Ostwald was born January 6, 1941 in Pearland, Texas.

Kassell, Dorothea

  • Person
  • 1906-1991

Dorothea Ellen Kassell was born in Spokane, Washington, on January 29, 1906. The family moved to Chicago before 1910 and then to Llano County before 1920. 1970 Texas State Association of Occupational Nurses Achievement Award. She graduated from St. David’s Hospital School of Nursing in Austin, Texas, in 1927; the 1940 census said she had two years of high school. She was a nurse on duty on the Lower Colorado River Authority’s Buchanan Dam project near Burnet, Texas, in the mid-1930s. She worked for ARMCO Steel in Houston for 26 years, 25 as head nurse, before retiring January 29, 1971. She was in occupational nursing for “over 32” years at the time. Kassell was active at the local and state level in the American Association of Industrial Nurses (now the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses). She was treasurer of the Houston chapter for 15 years, served two terms on the Texas AIN Board of Directors, and served for awhile as the Texas AIN historian. She won the Texas State Association of Occupational Nurses Achievement Award in 1970. Kassell died on February 3, 1991, and is buried in the Kassell Cemetery in Llano County.

Phillips, John Roberts

  • Person
  • 1904-1983

John Roberts Phillips was born on February 28, 1904 in Quantico, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1923 and completed his Master of Surgery at the University of Minnesota in 1931. He received a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic from 1929 to 1933. In 1929, he married Rebecca Jane Hall. In 1933, Phillips started his own surgical practice in Houston and served as the Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas and as the Assistant Professor of Surgery at Baylor University in Houston, Texas. He authored and co-authored over 124 articles published in various medical journals. Phillips retired in 1967 and died April 19, 1983.

Rebecca Jane Hall Phillips was born on December 14, 1903 in Maryland. She became a registered nurse at the University of Maryland. She served as a surgical nurse from 1927-1929 in Maryland, as a nurse at the Mayo Clinic from 1927-1932, and then starting in 1933, served as the surgical nurse, office manager, and public relations manager for her husband, John Roberts Phillips’ practice in Houston, TX.

Cavagnaro, Louise

  • 1920-2010

Louise Cavagnaro joined the Atomic Bomb Causality Commission (ABCC) in 1946, and was the Commission's first American nurse. She served as Director of Nursing in Hiroshima, Japan, and established the program that trained local nurses. She also set up an Employee Health System and a pharmacy, and was involved in various other administrative activities, such as choosing equipment and supplies for Hijyama.

Before joining the ABCC, Cavagnaro had served as an operating room nurse in World War II. Afterwards she received a masters degree in Hospital Administration from Columbia University. In 1953 she began a long career as an administrator and faculty member at Johns Hopkins. She was involved in the desegregation of the hospital, as she recorded in "A History of Segregation and Desegregation at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions" (1992).