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Calderon, Barbara McDonald, 1915-



  • Existence: 1915-


Barbara McDonald Calderon, an African-American nurse as born on August 11, 1915. She received her diploma from the School of Nursing in Kansas City, Missouri in 1940, her B.A. degree from Drake University in 1952, and her M.N.A. degree from the University of Minnesota in 1963.

She served as a lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps at the Station Hospital, Camp San Luis Obispo, California during World War II. Calderon was Iowa's first African-American public health nurse. She also worked as the Veterans' Administration hospital administrator in Iowa City, Iowa.

In 1963 Governor Harold Hughes appointed Calderon to the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Barbara M. Calderon papers

 Collection — Folder 1: Series 1
Identifier: IWA0247

Nursing administrator and first African-American public health nurse in Iowa.


Two folders, shelved in SCVF.

Dates: 1945-1968