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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

DOROTHY COLEY PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Dorothy Coley, of Knightdale, North Carolina, served in the American Red Cross from 1942 to 1958.


BIOGRAPHY

Dorothy Frances Coley grew up in Wilders Grove, North Carolina, and graduated from high school in Knightdale in 1936. She then went to the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro) to study physical education. After graduating in 1940, she taught for one year in Durham, North Carolina, and for another year at Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina.

In 1942, Coley joined the American Red Cross. After training in Washington, D.C., she went to Fort Polk in Leesville, Louisiana. Her next assignment was at a Daytona Beach, Florida, convalescent hospital, and then she was sent to the Navy Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina. Coley’s last assignment during World War II was at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. After the war ended, she went overseas to supervise workers in hospitals in Stuttgart and Augsburg, Germany, and Switzerland. When she returned to the United States, she was stationed in New York until she left the Red Cross in 1958.

Coley earned a master’s degree in social work from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., in 1960. She later worked in the Children’s Psychiatric Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, and at Butner Hospital in Creedmoor, North Carolina.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Dorothy Coley, circa 1944
Item # WV0117.6.003
From the Dorothy Coley Papers
Red Cross workers at Mardi Gras, circa 1946
Item # WV0117.6.004
From the Dorothy Coley Papers
Hospital staff in Stutggart, Germany, 1954
Item # WV0117.6.005
From the Dorothy Coley Papers
Oral history interview with Dorothy Coley, 1999
Item # WV0117.5.001
From the Dorothy Coley Papers
Dorothy Coley shopping, circa 1955
Item # WV0117.6.001
From the Dorothy Coley Papers
Dorothy Coley at Camp Polk, circa 1944
Item # WV0117.6.002
From the Dorothy Coley Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Red Cross Cloisonee Pin, ca. 1940s