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09-01 WaldOn September 1, 1940, pioneering nurse, humanitarian, and social reformer, Lillian Wald, died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 73. Having graduated from the New York Hospital Training School for Nurses at age 24, Wald became the founder of the Henry Street Settlement, which later expanded into the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. She later wrote The House on Henry Street and Windows on Henry Street and served as co-founder of the NAACP. Wald is one of 11 women commemorated in the Hall of Fame for Great Americans.


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