Anella Bauer, 92, pioneer in visiting nurse group, dies - She helped service organization take root in 1934
The Dallas Morning News - Thursday, July 12, 2001
Author: Joe Simnacher, Staff Writer
Anella Slaughter Bauer, a founding director of the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas, died of congestive heart failure July 5 at her Dallas home. She was 92.
A private service was Monday in Dallas. Entombment was at Hillcrest Mausoleum in Dallas.
Mrs. Bauer, a fourth-generation Texan, attended Finch College in New York City. In 1934, she was a founding director of the Visiting Nurse Association in Dallas. Visiting Nurse Associations had been founded on the East Coast in the 1890s and in Houston in about 1914, said Mary Suther, president and chief executive officer of the VNA of Texas.
"She was important to the starting of the VNA here," Ms. Suther said.
While the association now offers home-health visits, hospice care, Meals on Wheels and minor home repair, it was founded to support new mothers, Ms. Suther said.
"Mothers and babies were dying at a faster rate here than in other parts of the country," Ms. Suther said. "VNA was started to feed babies and take care of mothers and babies. Nurses went out and provided services to the mothers....Our directors made layettes."
Mrs. Bauer became a standard-bearer for public service organizations. In 1936, she was president of the Junior League of Dallas.
During World War II, she and Louise Kahn were leaders in the Dallas City-County Civilian Defense Council, said Mrs. Bauer 's daughter, Nancy O'Neil of Dallas. Mrs. Kahn, a Dallas philanthropist, died in 1995.
The women worked every day to help with the Defense Council, Ms. O'Neil said.
Mrs. Bauer was also a trustee of the Baylor Health Care System Foundation and a trustee of Children's Medical Center of Dallas. She volunteered at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
"My mother just always thought that taking care of people's health was most important," her daughter said. "In particular, she thought children's health was important. She worked all her life for it."
Mrs. Bauer was a member of the Society of Magna Charta Dames, the Dallas Woman's Club, the Dallas Garden Club, Brook Hollow Golf Club, Dallas Country Club and the Dallas Petroleum Club.
In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Bauer is survived by her son, Richard Slaughter Bauer of Dallas; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Children's Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 650473, Dallas, TX 75265-9868; or to Baylor Health Care System Foundation, 3600 Gaston Ave., Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75246-9928.
Published in the Dallas Morning News on 7-12-2001.
Christopher Columbus Slaughter (1879 - 1940)
Richard Joseph Bauer (1904 - 1960)*
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