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Thelma G. Haydon

Thelma G. Haydon passed away on March 1, 2017, at Frasier Meadows Manor, Boulder, Colorado.  She was 103.

Thelma was born August 3, 1913, in Wake as Sarah Thelma Groome to Thomas J. Groome and Jessie Barnes Groome (nee Revere). She married George W. Haydon on July 7, 1944, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Thelma graduated from the Franklin Square Hospital School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland. Following post-graduate study in communicable diseases at Sydenham Hospital in Baltimore, She entered the U.S. Public Health Service in Baltimore. She served first in cancer research and later as a Public Health Service Officer in World War II.

After the war, Mrs. Haydon resumed her Civil Service employment at the Public Health Service Hospital in Baltimore and continued her nursing education at Johns Hopkins University. In 1955, she joined the nursing staff at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

In 1959, Thelma transferred to the Department of Commerce Laboratories in Boulder, Colorado, where she organized and operated an employee health service.

She was active in state, regional and national levels of the American Industrial Nurses Association as well as in the Colorado and American Nurses Associations. Mrs. Haydon has served on numerous committees such as the Professional Practices Committee of the Colorado Nurses Association, the Board of Directors of District Number12, the Western American Industrial Nurses Board of Directors, and the American Association of Industrial Nurses Editorial Board for their official journal “Occupational Health Nursing.”

After retirement from the U.S. Department of Commerce in 1972, she continued her interest and support as a Life Member of the Colorado Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association. On the 90th anniversary of the Colorado Nurses Association, she was given special recognition for outstanding contributions to the profession of nursing and to the improvement of the health status and well being of the citizens of Colorado.

In January 1985, Thelma retired to Frasier Meadows Manor in Boulder, Colorado, where she and her husband, George, continued their international travels. She served on the Ethics Committee at Frasier and continued her life-long interest in gardening.

Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, George, as well as her parents, two sisters, Nell Craff and Mary Connon, and two brothers, Allen Groome and Neal Groome.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice or to the American Nurses Foundation Inc., 8515 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring Maryland, 20910.

posted 03.13.2017

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