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Nancy Bowlin

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
High School Biology Teacher
Public Health Nurse
Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
If You Don't Use It, You Lose It.

Birthplace

Born:
8/8/1927
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
High School Biology Teacher
Public Health Nurse
Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
If You Don't Use It, You Lose It.

Birthplace

Born:
8/8/1927
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Educator and public health nurse Nancy Bowlin was born on August 8, 1927 in Harlem, New York to Harriet Seraphina Worghs and Phillip Worrell Douglas. Her parents met in Harlem in 1924. Bowlin attended P.S. #10, St. Thomas the Apostle Elementary School, Asbury Park High School and graduated from George Washington High School in 1945. She received her associate’s degree from Brooklyn College in 1947 and graduated from Bellevue School of Nursing in 1952 as a registered nurse. Bowlin went on to earn her B.S. degree in home economics and M.S. degree in health education from Lehman College in the 1970s.

Bowlin worked as a nurse at Bellevue Hospital from 1952 to 1954. As a state public health nurse for the State of New York in Harlem from 1954 to 1958, Bowlin assessed family health and taught neo-natal care. Later, she was appointed Supervisor of Nursing Education for the federally funded Central School for Practical Nursing. In 1969, Bowlin joined the New York City Board of Education, where she taught home economics at P.S. #142 and later taught bio medical sciences, nursing and biology at the high school level until 1984.

Bowlin is a member of the United Negro College Fund, the NAACP and the Schomburg Center for Black Research. She lives in Bronx, New York.

Bowlin was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 17, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Nancy Bowlin's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Nancy Bowlin lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Nancy Bowlin describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Nancy Bowlin talks about her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Nancy Bowlin describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Nancy Bowlin describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Nancy Bowlin describes her father's ancestry and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Nancy Bowlin talks about how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Nancy Bowlin remembers her maternal aunt
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Nancy Bowlin describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Nancy Bowlin remembers the Harlem community in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Nancy Bowlin describes her chores and pastimes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Nancy Bowlin remembers her music lessons
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Nancy Bowlin describes her religious upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Nancy Bowlin remembers the Harlem Library in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Nancy Bowlin remembers her grade school experiences in New York City, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Nancy Bowlin remembers her grade school experiences in New York City, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Nancy Bowlin remembers moving to her father's home in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Nancy Bowlin remembers George Washington High School in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Nancy Bowlin recalls living with her father in New York City's Harlem neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Nancy Bowlin describes the drug culture in New York City's Harlem neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Nancy Bowlin remembers her teenage pastimes
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Nancy Bowlin recalls the public speakers in New York City's Harlem neighborhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Nancy Bowlin remembers Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Nancy Bowlin recalls her admission to the Bellevue Schools of Nursing in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Nancy Bowlin remembers her first patient at the Bellevue Schools of Nursing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Nancy Bowlin talks about her understanding of death
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Nancy Bowlin remembers working at New York City's Bellevue Hospital
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Nancy Bowlin remembers how she met her husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Nancy Bowlin describes her early nursing career in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Nancy Bowlin remembers becoming a public health nurse
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Nancy Bowlin talks about the prevalence of tuberculosis
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Nancy Bowlin describes her duties at the New York City Department of Health
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Nancy Bowlin remembers her career at the New York City Department of Health
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Nancy Bowlin describes her public health casework
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Nancy Bowlin talks about the changes in psychiatric care
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Nancy Bowlin talks about the black community's public health concerns
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Nancy Bowlin talks about the changes in hygiene and diet in the United States
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Nancy Bowlin recalls teaching at the Central School for Practical Nurses in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Nancy Bowlin recalls teaching in New York City's public schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Nancy Bowlin remembers her experiences in Senegal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Nancy Bowlin describes the public health conditions in Senegal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Nancy Bowlin talks about her interest in travelling
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Nancy Bowlin describes her graduate studies in health education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Nancy Bowlin talks about her organizational involvement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Nancy Bowlin describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Nancy Bowlin reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Nancy Bowlin reflects upon her philosophy of life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Nancy Bowlin talks about her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Nancy Bowlin talks about her health
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Nancy Bowlin describes her family's legacy in healthcare
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Nancy Bowlin describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Nancy Bowlin narrates her photographs