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Clara Louise Maass
Birth: Jun. 28, 1876
East Orange
Essex County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Aug. 24, 1901
Havana
La Habana, Cuba

Medical Pioneer. While working as a nurse in the Newark German Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, she volunteered to be a contract nurse for the United States Army during the Spanish-American War, serving in Army Camps in Florida, Georgia, the Philippines and Cuba. Her experience in treating cases of yellow fever brought her to the efforts of Major Walter C. Gorgas and Dr. John Guiteras to find the causes of the disease and effective immunization. While at the Las Animas Hospital in Havana, Cuba, she volunteered to be bitten by an infected mosquito to test the theory that mosquitoes were carriers of Yellow Fever. She subsequently died from the experiment, giving her life for medicine, and proving that targeting mosquitoes could prevent the disease. She was the only person to die from the experimentation, and her sacrifice led to the discovery of a cure. In 1952 the hospital in Newark she worked in was re-named the Clara Maass Memorial Hospital. In 1976 a United States postage stamp was issued in her honor. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
Burial:
Fairmount Cemetery
Newark
Essex County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Section L, Lot 81, Grave 2
 
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Record added: Jul 07, 1999
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Clara Louise Maass
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Clara Louise Maass
Added by: Russ Dodge
 
Clara Louise Maass
Added by: Russ Dodge
 
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Your service to our country and the willing sacrifice of your life for others is not forgotten by the Sons of Spanish American War Veterans.
- Spanish American War
 Added: Mar. 28, 2015
God bless you throughout Spring, the Season in which Life is eternally renewed. Rest in Peace.
- Richard S. Barzelogna
 Added: Mar. 26, 2015
God bless you on Saint Valentine's Day (early). Rest in Peace.
- Richard S. Barzelogna
 Added: Feb. 8, 2015
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