175 Makers of History: Nell Hodgson Woodruff

Nell Hodgson Woodruff
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Nell Hodgson Woodruff

When Nell Hodgson married Robert Woodruff in 1917, she dropped out of her nursing training. But she didn't abandon what truly was her calling. Later that year, when the U.S. entered World War I, she volunteered as a nurse's aide with the American Red Cross.

In 1932, she began volunteering at Emory Hospital, and when war came once more in 1941, she again worked countless hours with the Red Cross.

As the first female member of the Emory Hospital Administration Committee, Woodruff helped build the nursing school into a world-class institution. In 1967, it was renamed the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in her honor.