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Eleanor M. Lawney Papers

Identifier: M352


The collection contains a University of Denver Diploma and a Colorado State Board of Medical Examiners certificate issued to Eleanor M. Lawney; also contains a framed portrait of Eleanor Lawney.


  • Other: 1887


Biographical / Historical

Eleanor Lawney was born in Hubbard, Massachusetts in 1852. While little is known about her early life, she started going to school at the Women's Medical College in Philadelphia but moved to Denver because of health reasons. She continued her education at the University of Denver's College of Medicine, where she became the first woman in Colorado to graduate from a medical institution, and graduated in 1887. She went into practice soon after she graduated.

Eleanor Lawney founded and was president of the Fowler Mission, which later became the Denver Visiting Nurses Association. She directed the Gloveville Day Nursery, was on the Charities and Corrections Board, president of the Woman's State Medical Society, secretary of the Saturday and Sunday Hospital Assocation, honorary member of the County Medical Society, one of the founders of the Children's Hospital Association, and was assocaited with many other organizations.

Eleanor Lawney retired six years before her death but continued to write articles for medical journals, for charitable causes, and even poetry. She died after a long illness on August 9, 1922 in Denver, Colorado.


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