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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Nursing Education Administrator
Nurse

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Birthplace

Born:
10/24/1914
Birth Location:
Rock Island, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Nursing Education Administrator
Nurse

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Birthplace

Born:
10/24/1914
Birth Location:
Rock Island
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Biography

Betty Gross was born on October 24, 1914, in Rock Island, Illinois. She was one of seven children born to a homemaker mother and a father who worked as a plasterer. She graduated from Canton High School in Canton, Illinois, in 1933. Following graduation, Gross followed her older sister Catherine, who worked in Chicago's Provident Hospital, into the nursing profession.

From 1940 until 1942, Gross worked as staff nurse at Provident Hospital. In 1942, she took a break to continue her education at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She received her degree from Howard University in sociology with a minor in psychology in 1946. In 1951, she received her B.S. in nursing from Loyola University and in 1957, earned an M.S. from DePaul University.

For thirty-one years at Provident Hospital, she worked her way up from staff nurse to the director of Nursing and Nursing Education. During her long career, Gross helped establish two allergy clinics, one at Provident and the other at Howard University's Freedmen Hospital. In 1977, she left Provident and became a lecturer at Chicago State University.

Gross served eight years as a member of the Illinois Nurses Association Board of Directors. She has been a member of Zonta International since 1968, and a member of the Alpha Gamma Pi Honorary Sorority since 1964. Gross passed away in 2005.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Betty Gross's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Betty Gross talks about her father's background, part 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Betty Gross talks about her father's background, part 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Betty Gross talks about her mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Betty Gross discusses her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Betty Gross remembers her childhood home and community, part 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Betty Gross remembers her childhood home and community, part 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Betty Gross recalls past school teachers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Betty Gross explains her early interest in nursing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Betty Gross tells of Provident Hospital's history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Betty Gross gives an overview of her training at nursing school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Betty Gross talks about her transition from Provident Hospital to Howard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Betty Gross explains meeting and marrying her husband
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Betty Gross talks about her religious participation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Betty Gross details her successes as Director of Nursing at Provident Hospital
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Betty Gross shares her encounters with racism in the medical field
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Betty Gross describes the support she received from the employees of Provident Hospital
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Betty Gross explains Provident Hospital's significance in the black community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Betty Gross remembers members of the Provident Hospital Nursing School Committee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Betty Gross discusses some of her famous patients at Provident Hospital
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Betty Gross talks about black patrons visiting Provident Hospital
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Betty Gross remembers physicians from Provident Hospital, part 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Betty Gross recalls organizations she's been affilliated with, part 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Betty Gross remembers physicians from Provident Hospital, part 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Betty Gross recalls organizations she's been affilliated with, part 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Betty Gross talks about Provident Hospital's emergency room
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Betty Gross comments on the current state of the medical industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Betty Gross talks about her public image as a nurse
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Betty Gross remembers a compliment from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Betty Gross shares thoughts on integrated and segregated hospitals
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Betty Gross explains how she was a trendsetter in the nursing field
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - How Betty Gross would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Betty Gross discusses her family's involvement in her ife