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Betty Gross

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.

Accession Number

A2002.101

Sex

Female

Interview Date

7/15/2002

Last Name

Gross

Middle Name

W.

Organizations
Schools

Canton High School

Provident Hospital School of Nursing

Loyola University Chicago

DePaul University

First Name

Betty

Birth City, State, Country

Rock Island

HM ID

GRO01

Favorite Season

All Seasons

State

Illinois

Favorite Vacation Destination

Cruises

Favorite Quote

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Illinois

Birth Date

10/24/1914

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Chicago

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Greens

Death Date

5/16/2005

Short Description

Nursing education administrator and nurse Betty Gross (1914 - 2005 ) was the former director of the Provident Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago, Illinois. 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.

Employment

Provident Hospital

Chicago State University

Favorite Color

Black

DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Betty Gross interview

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