Wallis, Eleanor

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Wallis, Eleanor

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  • Eleanor Sumner Fisher
  • Eleanor Fisher Wallis

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1906-

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Eleanor Wallis was born Eleanor Fisher in Philadelphia in 1906. She received her nurse's training in Philadelphia at the Training School for Nurses of the Pennsylvania Hospital in 1929, with a course in pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. While attending a lecture at the Philadelphia Academy of Music, she learned of the work of the Grenfell Mission during a talk given by Sir Wilfred Grenfell, on a speaking and fundraising tour. She volunteered soon after for an 18-month tour of duty at St. Anthony's, Newfoundland, during 1933 and 1934, where she nursed at the main hospital and paid house calls to outlying fishing posts, often by dog sled during the winter. Eleanor Fisher later returned to U.S. and in June of 1934 married Dr. Allan Dinsmore Wallis Jr. in New Jersey. The couple had had four sons and resided in Philadelphia.

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