Born: 1891, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 14, 1978, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Education: Radcliffe College
Buried: Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Find A Grave Memorial# 105839248
Books: Infant Care
Awards: Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award
Martha May Eliot was a foremost pediatrician and specialist in public health, an assistant director for WHO and an architect of New Deal and postwar programs for maternal and child health. During undergraduate study at Bryn Mawr College, she met Ethel Collins Dunham, who was to become her life partner. Dunham established national standards for the hospital care of newborn children, and expanded the scope of health care for growing youngsters by monitoring their progress. After completing their undergraduate education, the two enrolled together at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1914. Lillian Faderman writes: "[At] Bryn Mawr she met a twenty-six year old freshman, Ethel Dunham. From 1910 to Ethel's death in 1969, the two women were inseparable. As a couple, Martha Eliot and Ethel Dunham succeeded in times that were as unsympathetic to professional women as they were to lesbians.” In the 1970s, during Martha's travels for WHO, they wrote each other every day: "Dearest, it was hard to say goodbye and I shall miss you terribly... Ever and ever so much love, my darling." Martha to Ethel. "How I count the time until you do arrive. I miss you my darling." Ethel to Martha.
Together from 1910 to 1969: 59 years.
Ethel Collins Dunham (1883 - 1969)
Martha May Eliot (April 7, 1891 – February 14, 1978)
Days of Love edited by Elisa Rolle
Release Date: September 21, 2014
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (print): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
This journal is friends only. This entry was originally posted at http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5023266.html. If you are not friends on this journal, Please comment there using OpenID.