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Kathleen Manley

Who was Kathleen Manley

Kathleen Senter Manley was a class of 1928 Carson-Newman alumnus. She earned an additional degree from Peabody College as a licensed pharmacist. Miss Manley was in charge of the Mossy Creek Hospital in Jefferson City about three years before becoming a missionary. The Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention appointed her to Nigeria as a medical and educational worker in 1934. She worked with the Yoruba and Engenn tribes as Director of Nursing and Midwifery in Ogbomoso and Iwo in addition to teaching English Literature. In cooperation with Dr. Roberta Cox, she opened a medical mission in Joinkrama. Because of illness due to yellow fever, Miss Manley resigned after twenty years of service and started her career at Carson-Newman. After nineteen years as the campus nurse, she retired because, in her own words, “retirement age came”. In 1954 the Executive Committee of the Nolachucky Baptist Association in Morristown agreed to raise money in cooperation with the Kresge Foundation for a modern infirmary. It was to honor Miss Manley and several other Carson-Newman graduates from Morristown who were also missionaries.

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