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Thelma Shobe Cook Papers

Identifier: 2022-098

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of personal papers, images and ephemera related to Thelma Shobe Cook’s career. The majority of the collection consists of the correspondence, documents and publications surrounding the establishment of the Thelma Shobe Cook Endowed Chair in Ethical Spiritual Dimensions of Nursing Practice.


  • 1948-2004

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Biographical / Historical

Thelma Shobe Cook was born March 27, 1924 in Visalia, California. She received her nursing diploma from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in the Mission District of San Francisco and graduated August 31, 1951. After graduation she entered the University of California, Berkeley and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing on August 2, 1952. She received her certificate of Public Health Nursing on May 26, 1953. Ms. Cook began her career in February of 1953 as the Alameda County Health Department Public Health Nurse. In 1958 she was promoted to supervising Public Health Nurse. Thelma Shobe Cook earned her master of Public Health in 1964 from the University of California School of Public Health at Berkeley. In the Spring of 1965 she went to work for the Oakland Unified School district as the school nurse and worked there until she retired in 1979.

After retirement Thelma Shobe Cook worked to establish the an endowed chair in Ethical Spiritual Dimensions of Nursing Practice at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing. In her words

“I belong to no religious organization and I espouse no orthodoxy. I do believe, however, that man is more than flesh and bones; illness may be/can be a spiritual crisis; recovery may be/can be a spiritual journey.”


1.5 Linear Feet


The Thelma Shobe Cook Papers have been arranged in one series, chronologically as presented by the donor.
Thelma Shobe Cook Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the The Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry Repository

University of Virginia School of Nursing
P.O. Box 800782
Charlottesville Virginia 22908-0782 United States