|Birth: ||Jun. 11, 1833|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 22, 1908|
Santa Clara County
Alida Cornelia Avery was born in Sherburne, NY on June 11, 1833, to Deacon William Avery and Hannah Dixon Avery. She was one of eight siblings, including three girls. She started teaching at local schools at sixteen, and eight years later in the spring of 1857 she began her study of medicine. She attended the Philadelphia Women's Medical College for one year in 1858, and then moved on to the New England Medical College in Boston, from which she received her diploma.
Avery joined the founding faculty at Vassar in 1865 as Professor of Physiology & Hygiene and Resident Physician. Her obituary in "The Sherburne News"' of October 3, 1908, states that no student died during her tenure at Vassar. She also served as Secretary of the Faculty from 1866 until 1874.
Avery resigned in February 1874 and moved to Denver, where she became Superintendent of Hygiene for Colorado and and opened a private practice. She was said to have made $10,000 per annum. In Denver, she played host to the famous eclipse-watching expedition of five Vassar students led by Maria Mitchell.
Avery was active in the women's enfranchisement movement, the Unitarian Church, and the Women's Christian Temperance Union. Her involvement increased when she retired and moved to San Jose in 1887. In 1901 she moved to San Fransisco, but returned to San Jose after the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. She died at her home in San Jose on September 22, 1908.
Williams Avery (1798 - 1865)
Hannah Dixon Avery (1797 - 1842)
Cornelia Elizabeth Avery (1823 - 1825)*
Thomas Scott Avery (1825 - 1847)*
George W. Avery (1827 - 1888)*
Orlando Watts Avery (1830 - 1901)*
Alida Cornelia Avery (1833 - 1908)
James Williams Avery (1835 - 1905)*
Sherburne Quarter Cemetery
New York, USA
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Record added: Nov 01, 2011
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