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Rae D. Landy

A disciplined administrator who put her own safety at risk time and again for others, Rae Landy helped Hadassah establish the first nursing service in Israel and then served as a military nurse in the US Armed Services. Landy became assistant superintendent of Harlem Hospital in New York City in 1911 before being recruited by Henrietta Szold to travel with her to Palestine to start a nursing service to combat dysentery, malaria, and typhoid among the settlers. With Rose Kaplan, another nurse volunteer, Landy created a clinic, overhauled health services for women and children, and began training young girls as nurses. After two years, Landy returned home, joining the US Army Nursing Corps in 1918 and serving overseas in Germany, Belgium, and France, then in the Philippines in the 1930s. She was named chief of nurses at Crile General Hospital in Cleveland in 1944 and retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel, the second-highest rank in the Army Nursing Corps. Until her death, she continued to volunteer with the Red Cross and recruit nurses for Mount Sinai Hospital in Cleveland.

Rachel Landy, Rose Kaplan, and Eva Leon, Jerusalem, 1913
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Hadassah nurses Rachel Landy and Rose Kaplan with Eva Leon, Jerusalem, 1913

Date of Birth
June 27, 1885
Place of Birth
Date of Death
March 5, 1952

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Rae D. Landy." (Viewed on February 18, 2019) <>.


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