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“C” is for Callen, Maude Daniel (1898-1990)

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“C” is for Callen, Maude Daniel (1898-1990). Nurse. A native of Florida, Callen graduated from Florida A&M College and completed nurse midwife training at Tuskegee Institute. In 1923, as a missionary with the Episcopal Church, she was a registered nurse in Berkeley County. She was often the sole health-care provider, teacher, and nutritionist for the remote and dispersed population of a four-hundred-square mile area. Callen taught children to read and write and held vaccination clinics at local schools for smallpox and diphtheria. She is best remembered for her work as a nurse midwife, delivering more than one thousand babies and providing prenatal and postnatal care to mothers. She continually sought opportunities for educating women in basic medical practices and midwifery. In 1990 Maude Daniel Callen was inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.