Ida Scudder was born in , in Ranipet, Madras Presidency, India. In , her family returned briefly to the United States following a cholera epidemic and. Ida Scudder wanted to leave hot, overcrowded India for the good life. If asked to define the good life, she would have replied, “America and marriage to a. In John Scudder left his growing practice in New York City and sailed for Ida Scudder was born in India in and grew up well-acquainted with the.

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In the midst of the ravages of war, he was able to save the hospital, and after a time of home leave, he returned to his hospital to serve the people in the new country of Bangladesh. She graduated from Cornell Medical College, New York City inas part of the first class at that school that accepted women as medical students.

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In addition to caring for her mother there was other scduder work to be done. When the nursing school opened, she was deluged with applicants, and her first graduating class and ranked high in the government exams. She traveled a number of times to the United States to raise funds for the college and hospital, raising a total in the millions. These women did not like to be treated by male doctors due to their orthodox habits of not exhibiting themselves before men The things that changed her path was not able to save some Hindu and Muslim women who died due to child birth.


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Viswanatha Biofraphy at the B. Faced with new regulations by the Indian government that threatened to end her work, in she traveled the length and breadth of the United States raising money, enlisting new leadership with advanced degrees, securing the necessary upgrading of both college and hospital.

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She had no intention of joining the family tradition and becoming a missionary, but shortly after her graduation in she received an urgent cablegram informing her that her mother was seriously ill. In Ida went back to India to help her father when her mother was ailing at the mission bungalow at Tindivanam, Madras Province in India. She dedicated her life to the plight of Indian women and the fight against bubonic plaguecholera and leprosy.

In addition to her medical courses, Scudder taught a four-year Bible course on the scuudder Paul and the Pauline epistles.

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Of students today, 95 are men. I did not want to spend my life in India.

Masilamani Victor Premasagar Y. The rain outside had been as wild as her own fourteen-year-old helpless grief. Diplomat in Bangladesh Chicago: When she was a youth, her family returned to America for furlough, after which her father sailed to India alone.

This page was last edited on 26 Decemberat Giography friends were begging me to return to the joyous opportunities of a young girl in America. She taught her weekly Bible class to both scidder and womenadvised doctors on difficult cases, entertained friends and dignitaries at Hill Top, her beautiful Indian residence, and played a fast game of tennis.


She died, age 90, on May 24,at her home near Kodaikanal. Although she was happy to be reunited with her family, she felt pressured from her parents and extended family not to not shirk the Scudder duty of becoming a missionary. With this accomplishment, Scudder retired but remained near Biographh.

Scudder, Ida (1870–1960)

Modern Language Association http: For 18 years she had been head of the medical association in a district with a population of 2, During the s, when the Muslim majority fought for independence from West Pakistan, he remained at the hospital while his wife and children were evacuated. Inthe Christian Medical College as it was renamed became officially affiliated with the University of Madras, thereby protecting it from closure and providing continued educational opportunities for women and men.

Inshe opened the Mary Taber Schell Hospital, which ids provided a central locale for much-needed medical care and for the training of nurses. Of the nine who survived to adulthood, seven became missionaries, most of them specializing in medicine like their father. Indian women needed to be properly trained to go out among their own people in the villages. In the Vellore Christian Medical Center was the largest Christian hospital in the world, with beds, and its medical school is now one of the premier medical colleges in India.