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Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee
Birth: May 18, 1874
Chatham
New Brunswick, Canada
Death: Jan. 10, 1941
Winter Park
Orange County
Florida, USA

Medical Pioneer. One of the "Sacred Twenty", she was part of the first group of nurses to become offical members of the United States Navy. An 1899 graduate of nurse's training at New York Postgraduate Hospital, she worked in private practice for a time then after further education at Fordham University joined the Navy in October 1908. Promoted to the rank of Chief Nurse in 1909 she served as nursing supervisor at Norfolk Naval Hospital. In January of 1911 she became the second Superintendent of the Navy Nurse Corps, remaining in that position until her retirement on November 23, 1922. For her efforts in guiding the Nurse Corps thru World War I Chief Nurse Higbee was awarded the Navy Cross, the first woman to be so honored. After retirement she lived in Central Florida. In 1945 the "USS Higbee" was christened, the first ship named for a female Navy veteran. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Jan 06, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 32694418
Lenah H. <i>Sutcliffe</i> Higbee
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Lenah H. <i>Sutcliffe</i> Higbee
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Lenah H. <i>Sutcliffe</i> Higbee
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