Marion McCune Rice

"Portrait circa 1915"

Time Period

1910-1940

Subject Categories

Arts, Education, Medicine, Writers

Notable Facts

Served as a nurse in France in WWI. Extensive photography and letters home became the subject of a History Channel documentary titled "Dear Home, Letters from World War I". Taught at and was director of the Simmons School of Public Health Nursing in Boston, Massachusetts.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

07/17/1882

Date of Death

10/11/1955

Primary Residence

Brattleboro

Ethnicity

Caucasian

Historical Significance

Marion McCune Rice served as an American Red Cross nurse in France for four years during WWI. In 1917, she was awarded the Palmes Academiques Medal by the French government for her service to France during the War. Rice also traveled in the United States in 1917 for the American Red Cross, touring the country talking about the War and the desperate need for bandages overseas.

Rice was a talented photographer and documented her war experience with a high quality Kodak camera. The letters she sent home during the War were also saved. Her war experience was the subject of a History Channel documentary titled "Dear Home, Letters from WWI". The American Red Cross highlighted Rice in their 125th Anniversary celebration in Washington, D.C. in 2007. A documentary about her war experience was produced in 1997 by a non-profit community group in Keene, NH.

Rice was one of the pioneers in Public Health nursing in the United States. She became Director of Simmon's School of Public Health Nursing in Boston in the late 1920's.

Organizations or Movements

  • American Red Cross

Occupations

  • Registered nurse
  • American Red Cross nurse in WWI
  • Professor and Director, Simmons School of Public Health Nursing, Boston, Massachusetts

Education

  • BA, Smith College, Northampton, MA, 1905
  • Nursing Degree, Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing, 1910

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • All photographs and information were supplied by the "Marion McCune Rice Collection"

  • Photos of the Great War Link

Additional Images

"L?Hopital Auxiliaire St. Valery-en-Caux, France 1915", rice is 3rd from left,
Rice, Marion
Rice from Philadelphia, Helen M. Spaulding, Brooklyn and Matilda Jane MacCracken, Philadelphia. St. Valery-en-Caux.
Rice from Philadelphia, Helen M. Spaulding, Brooklyn and Matilda Jane MacCracken, Philadelphia. St. Valery-en-Caux.