Gertrude Nelson Nurse

Gertrude DeWitt Nelson (December 26, 1898 - November 29, 2001) was an African American military, civilian, and American Red Cross nurse from Louisiana whose career spanned much of the 20th century. She was born at the end of the 19th century and died at the start of the 21st century. Nelson was born in Colfax, the seat of Grant Parish, which is named for Schuyler M. Colfax, the vice president under U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant. She received her early education from the J. B. LaFarge School in Alexandria, the seat of Rapides Parish, in central Louisiana. On June 20, 1929, she earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama, an historically black college, which included George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington on the faculty and in the administration. After her Tuskegee years, Nelson taught at Bishop College in Marshall, the seat of Harrison County, Texas. She was also the dean of women at Bishop, another historically black institution which opened its doors in 1881 and closed permanently in 1988 after relocation to Dallas, Texas.

Personal details

Date of birth
December 26th, 1898
United States of America
Date of death
November 29th, 2001 at age of 102
Place of death
African American
Places lived
Louisiana , United States, with Territories
pop. 4,625,470 (2013)
Alexandria , Louisiana
pop. 48,426 (2013)
New York City , New York
pop. 8,405,837 (2013)


1. Tuskegee University Colleges/University

Tuskegee University is a private, historically black university located in Tuskegee, Alabama, United States. The University is a member-school of Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The campus has been designated as the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, a National Historic Landmark.

Type Private school
2012. 105 mil. $
2010. 8.61 mil. $
Institution colors
1200 W. Montgomery Rd., 36088 - Tuskegee, Alabama
2012. 2,605
2010. 2,480
2009. 2,475
2012. 512
2010. 466
Acceptance rate
2012. 35.0 %
2010. 64.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 18.9 K $
2010. 16.1 K $
Official web page
Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender

People attended Tuskegee University connected by profession and/or age

b. 1899., Composer
b. 1877., Lawyer
b. 1911., Singer
b. 1947., U.S. Congressperson
b. 1922., Military Person
b. 1874., Architect
b. 1956., Politician
b. 1883., U.S. Congressperson

Military conflicts participated

World War II


September 1st, 1939


September 2nd, 1945

Wikipedia article

World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, though related conflicts began earlier. It involved the vast majority of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most widespread war in history, and directly involved more than 100 million people, from more than 30 different countries. In a state of "total war", the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. Marked by mass deaths of civilians, including the Holocaust and the strategic bombing of industrial and population centres, it resulted in an estimated 50 million to 85 million fatalities. These made World War II the deadliest conflict in human history.


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