Winifred Whitney, R. N., Riverside Directress of Nurses

Winifred Whitney about 1935

About 1935

Miss Winifred Whitney has come to Knoxville to make her home.  Miss Whitney will be directress of nurses at Riverside hospital.

Source:  Knoxville Journal and Tribune – June 15, 1918 – Page 6


In the 1918 Chattanooga City Directory, Winifred Whitney is listed as Superintendent of Nurses at Erlanger Hospital, where she resides.

In 1919, the Knoxville City Directory lists Winifred Whitney as Superintendent at Riverside Hospital, where she resides.

The Modern Hospital, January, 1919 (Vol. XII, No. 1), “Advertisements section,” page 52:  Miss Winifred Whitney has resigned the position of superintendent at the Riverside Hospital, Knoxville, Tennessee.

University of the State of New York Handbook, 1921, page 58:  … nursing director, Winifred Whitney, R. N. ___ (remainder not available in search results; will need to locate text) 

The American Nurses’ Association booklet Schools of Nursing Accredited by the State Boards of Nurse Examiners “Correct to January 1, 1922:  St. Mary’s Free Hospital for Children in New York City, Winifred Whitney, R. N., Superintendent of Nurses.

The 1925 Annual Report of Muhlenberg Hospital, Plainfield, New Jersey, mentions Miss Winifred Whitney on three pages:

  • Page 17:  …filled by the appointment of Miss Winifred Whitney, formerly head of the Nurses’ Training School at Sydenham Hospital in New York, ad she took charge of the nursing department on December 1st.
  • Page 20:  The school of nursing, at present, has 78 students and a graduate staff of 30.  Miss Anne E. Rece for nearly twelve years in charge of the Nursing Department, resigned in June and left on November 30, 1931.  She has been replaced by Miss Winifred Whitney, recently director of the Nursing Service of Sydenham ___ (remainder not available in search results; will need to locate text)
  • Page 50:  Directress of Nurses Winifred Whitney, R. N. Graduate University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.

The 1927 Tampa, Florida, City Directory lists a Winifred Whitney, nurse, at 405 Cedar Avenue, resides same.

The 1930 Federal Census of Tampa, Florida, contains a Winifred Whitney, born about 1886 in New York, rooming in a household.  She is a practical nurse.  Her parents were born in Germany (father) and Maine (mother).

“Nursing Schools Registered and Approved by New York State,” Hospital Management, Volume 29 (1930), Page 108:  Sydenham Hospital, New York, nursing director, Winifred Whitney, R. N. ___ (remainder not available in search results; will need to locate text)

Nursing World, Volume 87 (1931), page 229:  Miss Winifred Whitney, superintendent of nurses at Sydenham Hospital, New York, for the last five years, is withdrawing August 1,  During this short period the school has made an enviable record.  The hospital board regrets to see Miss Whitney withdraw. 
Page 805:  Miss Winifred Whitney at Muhlenberg On December 1 Miss Winifred Whitney enters ___ and has served as superintendent of nurses in Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tennessee, in the Women’s Hospital, Philadelphia, in St. Mary’s Free ___ (remainder not available in search results; will need to locate text)

A Handbook of Private Schools for American Boys and Girls, 1933, page 894:  Plainfield, N. J. Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing.  Women ages 18–.  Est. 1894.  Winifred Whitney, R. N., Dir.  Courses 3 yrs.

The 1933 Plainfield, New Jersey, City Directory:  Winifred Whitney is Superintendent Nurse at Muhlenberg Hospital, where she resides.

Hospital Management (1935), Volume 40, Page 35:  Miss Winifred Whitney, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing, has been made director of nursing and Mrs. Janet F. Korngold has taken a position as director of nurses at St Luke’s Hospital, Chicago. ___ (remainder not available in search results; will need to locate text)

Modern Hospital (1935), Volume 45, Page 116:  Winifred Whitney has been chosen to succeed Mrs. Janet F. Korngold as director of nursing and principal of the Touro Infirmary school of nursing.  Dr. Charles R. Bardeen, well known anatomist and dean of the school of medicine at the ___ (remainder not available in search results; will need to locate text)

The Trained Nurse and Nursing Review (1935) Volumes 94-95, Page 158:  Miss Winifred Whitney, formerly superintendent of nurses at Muhlenberg Hospital, Plainfield, New Jersey, has been appointed to the ___ (remainder not available in search results; will need to locate text)

Nursing World (1935) Volumes 94-95, Page 158:  Miss Winifred Whitney, formerly superintendent of nurses at Muhlenberg Hospital, Plainfield, New Jersey, has been appointed to the ___ (remainder not available in search results; will need to locate text)

The 1937 Richmond, Virginia, City Directory lists a Winifred Whitney, nurse for Dr. Thomas F. Wheeldon.

On February 24, 1938, at Palm Beach, Florida, Winifred Whitney, daughter of the late Rev. and Mrs. Walter R. Whitney of Philadelphia, married Harold Bedford Atkins, of New York, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bedford Atkins.  The newlyweds made their home in University Place, New York.  Source:  The Palm Beach Post – February 25, 1938 – Page 15.  The Bridgewater, NJ, Courier-News reported the marriage and said Miss Whitney was directress of nurses in Muhlenberg Hospital from 1931 to 1933.  Source:  Courier-News – February 26, 1938 – Page 3

Winifred Whitney Atkins died at her home in Manhattan on October 16, 1944.  She was buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Westchester County, NY.  Her husband was informant on Winifred’s death certificate.  He gave her birth as June 30, 1891, at Lightstreet, Columbia County, PA, daughter of Walter Richard and Eliza Whitney.  The 1900 Federal Census gives her name as E. Winifred Whitney.  A sibling’s death certificate gives the mother’s maiden name as Eliza Kegerreis.

Winifred’s obituary appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on October 18, 1944.  It was simply a notice, not containing a reflection on her tremendous nursing career.


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