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Gloria Rookard

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Nurse
Chief Executive Officer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Greens, Fried Chicken, Potato Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York, New York
Favorite Quote:
Would Some Power The Gift To Give Us, To See Ourselves As Others See Us.

Birthplace

Born:
1/3/1932
Birth Location:
Akron, Ohio

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Nurse
Chief Executive Officer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Greens, Fried Chicken, Potato Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York, New York
Favorite Quote:
Would Some Power The Gift To Give Us, To See Ourselves As Others See Us.

Birthplace

Born:
1/3/1932
Birth Location:
Akron
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Biography

Gloria Mae Rookard, a native of Akron, Ohio, was born on January 3, 1932 to Maurine and Claude Shuler. The second of nine children, Rookard helped care for her siblings and grew up to become a nurse who cared deeply for patients and those in need. She has been active in seeking equal access to health care for all Americans.

Rookard (then Shuler) married Howard Rookard in 1952. That same year, she became a registered nurse and began working at Akron General Hospital, where she eventually was promoted to head nurse. Rookard acted as the clinic coordinator for the Migrand Health Clinic from 1968 to 1969, when she became the manager of ancillary services for a local organization called Visiting Nurse. In 1971, she was invited to help found the National Black Nurses' Association. Serving as the first membership chairwoman, she caused the organization to grow significantly. Having pursued business classes at the University of Akron, she also served as a treasurer. She began working for Headstart as a clinic coordinator in 1974. Earning a P.N.A. from Cincinnati University, she became a certified pediatric nurse practitioner. In 1982, she founded Universal Nursing Services, Inc. and still serves as their president and C.E.O.

Rookard has served as president of the Ohio Pediatric Nurses' Association and managing editor and invited founder of the Contemporary Nurses' Educational Foundation. She has also served as board member for the American Diabetic Society, the Fallsview Psychiatric Hospital and Goals for Greater Akron. President Carter designated her as a Presidential Appointee on the American Family. The NAACP and Wesley Temple A.M.E. church have also benefited from her membership. She and her husband have five children-Howard, Douglas, David, Derrick and Deanna.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Gloria Rookard's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Gloria Rookard lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Gloria Rookard describe her parents, Maurine and Claude Shuler
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Gloria Rookard describes her maternal and paternal family history during slavery and Reconstruction
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Gloria Rookard talks about the discrimination she faced when she applied to nursing school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Gloria Rookard describes her father's and mother's siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Gloria Rookard describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Gloria Rookard describes herself as a child at Robinson Elementary School in Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Gloria Rookard talks about attending nursing school at People's Hospital in Akron, Ohio, in 1950 to 1952
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Gloria Rookard talks about her mentors growing up, including her neighbor, Ruth Johnson
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Gloria Rookard describes her siblings and her siblings' children
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Gloria Rookard talks about being one of the first four black students at nursing school at People's Hospital in Akron, Ohio in 1950
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Gloria Rookard talks about meeting her husband, Howard Rookard, in 1952
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Gloria Rookard talks about dating her husband, Howard Rookard, as a nursing student at People's Hospital in Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Gloria Rookard describes eloping with her husband, Howard Rookard, in 1952
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Gloria Rookard describes the intense training she received at nursing school at People's Hospital in Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Gloria Rookard describes women's expected occupations growing up in the 1940s and 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Gloria Rookard talks about working in different nursing departments at Akron General Hospital in Ohio from 1952 to 1968
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Gloria Rookard describes her entrance into public health nursing working with migrant workers in Ohio in 1968
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Gloria Rookard remembers her handling of a public health concern in Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Gloria Rookard describes women's public health concerns while working at Migrant Health in 1968
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Gloria Rookard talks about treating the children of the migrant workers in Ohio during 1968 and 1969
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Gloria Rookard talks about working for Planned Parenthood and then the Head Start Program in 1974
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Gloria Rookard talks about working with her former roommate at People's Hospital in Akron, Ohio, Betty Jo Davidson, at Akron's public health department
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Gloria Rookard talks about being a working mother
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Gloria Rookard describes working at Visiting Nurse Service from 1969 to 1974 and then Head Start from 1974 to 1979
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Gloria Rookard talks about founding the Universal Nursing Service in 1982
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Gloria Rookard describes her work as president of Universal Nursing Service
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Gloria Rookard talks about the health concerns affecting the black community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Gloria Rookard talks about the rewards of and future plans for Universal Nursing Service