Dr. Eleanor Gray
Dr. Eleanor Gray Knudson of Belmont passed away peacefully 10/31/13 with those close to her at her side. Dr. Knudson was born April 12, 1919 to Frank and Agnes Gray of Spruce Hill Farm, Port Royal, PA. She attended local schools on an accelerated program. In 1940 she entered the Presbyterian School of Nursing in Philadelphia and graduated with honors. A fellow nurse from Presbyterian drove across the country to Portland, OR in a vintage car (during WWII) with no spare tire. In the 3000 mile journey they experienced only 1 flat tire.
Eleanor became supervisor of the operating room at Emanuel Hospital in Portland. She met and married Myron Knudson in 1943. He was an electrical engineer at Westinghouse, born in Seattle, WA. They moved to Los Angeles during the war years.
Eleanor pursued a Doctorate in Public Health at University California Berkeley. She later was made Associate Dean of the School of Nursing at University of California. In the 1970's she served as Dean of School of Nursing at University of Oklahoma and later at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ. She was appointed to the World Health Organization and attended conferences all over the European Continent. Rutgers asked her to live and work in Oslo, Norway to observe their excellent health programs for 6 months. She wrote a dissertation on their health system and was honored by Rutgers for her evaluation.
She retired in 1986 and returned to CA. She was a great music lover and held season tickets to the San Francisco Symphony. She was an avid reader and bridge player.
She is survived by 1 sister Connie Wilson of Valley Forge, PA, her brother-in-law William, 3 nieces, 4 grand-nephews, and 3 great-nieces who enjoyed her company whenever possible. She made the world a happier place to all of them.
She will be remembered fondly by her friends and missed at all of the shared holidays and special events.