Jackson County

County History: 
Quick Facts
People and Biographies
Notable individuals from nursing history.
  • Mary King Kneedler (1913-2010): Kneedler was a public health nurse and educator in Western North Carolina, and served as a faculty member at Western Carolina University.
  • Rebecca Olson ( ): Olson, R.N. received the Carrington Award for Community Service for her efforts on behalf of her community and state and her lifelong commitment to the care of the underserved. Olson, born and reared in Sylva, N.C., practiced in a variety of specialty areas in nursing before returning home to direct the Staff/ Community Education Department at Harris Regional Hospital for several years. She, then, moved to Western Carolina University as assistant professor in the College of Applied Sciences and director of Continuing Education for Nursing and Health Sciences. After 12 years she began work in Chapel Hill for The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention on research projects in communities all over North Carolina. During these years, she served in nurse volunteer, volunteer leadership and board positions with: WNC Health Systems Agency, Jackson County Nursing & Domiciliary Care Advisory Committee, WestCare Home Health and Hospice Agencies, Hospice of Orange County, the WNC AIDS Project, REACH of Jackson County and the UNC SON Alumni Association Board.
  • Margaret Roper (1950s): Jackson County public health nurse. (Information about her career can be found in the article "In the heart of the Great Smokies - a modern heart." (1959). Nursing Outlook, 7(2), pp.88-89.)
Additional resources for further research.

Health Care Institutions and Schools of Nursing

Articles and Publications

  • Kneedler, M.K. (n.d.). Salute to the Public Health Nurse. The Health Bulletin, 76(12).

Newspaper Clippings

Compiled by: 
Phoebe Pollitt