Sat. Mar 25th, 2023

Dr. Cora S. Allen (1878-1985) grew up in Washington, Iowa. She earned a health-related degree from the University of Iowa in 1904 and started a private practice.

In the course of Globe War I, Allen served overseas with the American Red Cross, managing a health-related unit in France, exactly where she was involved in women’s and children’s overall health clinics.

Soon after the war, in 1923, she was appointed state overall health-center doctor by the Wisconsin State Board of Overall health. Two years later, Allen became director of the Bureau of Youngster Welfare and Public Overall health Nursing with the Wisconsin State Board of Overall health.

Cora S. Allen relocated to New York in 1929 when she accepted the position of associate director of the New York State Overall health Department’s Bureau of Maternity, Infancy, and Youngster Hygiene, remaining there till 1935. She then served as a public overall health inspector at the Buffalo workplace of the New York State Overall health Division.

Upon retiring in the mid-1940s, Allen moved to Geneseo, exactly where she continued to be involved in the public overall health field. She served from about 1944 till 1950 as chair of the disaster relief division of the Northern Livingston County Red Cross, organizing supplies and personnel at the eight emergency and disaster-preparedness centers in the county.

Allen also was member, vice president, and president the Geneseo Going to Nurse Association from 1944 to about 1968.

Cora S. Allen passed away in 1985, just just before her 107th birthday.

This biography was excerpted from the Women’s Biographical Overview: Achievers, Leaders, and Part Models, Livingston County, NY by Amie Alden and Holly C. Watson of the Livingston County Historian’s Workplace (2021). The book is obtainable at the Livingston County Historian’s Workplace, Sundance Books in Geneseo, and on Go to the County Historian’s site, .

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