Title: Retired Nursing Educator
Location: Randolph, New Jersey, United States
Leonora P. Whildin, RN, BS, MS, Retired Nursing Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Healthcare.
Ms. Whildin has been a remarkable nursing professional and a leader of the medical community ever since she first joined the Cadet Nurse Corps at Boston City Hospital in 1943. Her most recent role was with the by-laws committee of the American College of Nurse-Midwives in 1980, after being a prolific educator in the nursing field and a leader of her civic community for many years. Ms. Whildin is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and a Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award, and has appeared in the pages of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.
Born to John and Anna Porreca in Boston, Ms. Whildin entered nursing in the aftermath of World War II, and was an assistant head nurse for neurology and neurosurgery at Boston City Hospital. In 1948, she traveled with the Department of the Army as a civilian nurse to Bremerhaven, Germany, and returned to Boston city Hospital as a scrub nurse. In the ‘50s, Ms. Whildin earned a BS from Boston University, and in 1954 she was appointed as a public health nurse with the Brooklyn Visiting Nurse Association. She went on to teach with a number of nursing institutions in the area, including the Helene Fulde College of Nursing, the All Souls Hospital School of Nursing, and Seton Hall University. She earned a MS from Columbia University in 1971.
Ms. Whildin was a 1954 delegate of the American Nurses Association of Massachusetts, and continued to represent her field as vice-president of the board of health of Randolph, New Jersey, from 1972 to 1974. She was also active with politics as a member of the League of Women Voters and an affiliate of the Democratic Party State Committee and the Democratic County Committee of Morris County. Ultimately, Ms. Whildin was elected mayor of Randolph in 1977. Now retired, she has the time to enjoy her interests in ice skating, knitting, crafts, and baking. Ms. Whildin is also the proud mother of Susan Lee, Robert Miller, and Walter Thomas with her husband, William Miller Whildin.
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