Missouri Women in the Health Science Professions

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Faculty members of the St. Louis School for Occupational Therapy, 1935
Faculty members and the benefactor of the St. Louis School for Occupational and Recreational Therapy, 1935. From left to right: Florence E. Wood, Geraldine Lermit, Rachel Stix Michael, Dorothy Lee Flint, and Ada Wells Ford. Florence E. Wood, a graduate of the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, taught Crafts and Design. The School’s director, Geraldine R. Lermit, received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley and her master’s degree from the University of Chicago. She received occupational therapy training from the American Red Cross and was a 1918 graduate of the Henry Favill School of Occupations. Rachel Stix Michael was the president of the Board of Trustees of the Missouri Association for Occupational Therapy, which oversaw the School. Mrs. Michael was the primary force behind the founding of both the Association and the School. Dorothy Lee Flint, an alumna of the School, taught courses in Library Science. Ada Wells Ford, a graduate of the Pratt Institute, joined the faculty in 1924. She taught courses in Design and Crafts until her retirement in 1966.