Database : Doctors

Presented here is a database of influencial women who are affiliated in some way with Idaho. By default, the entries are presented chronologically by the order in which they were submitted. Would you like to submit a new woman to the database? Please navigate to the submit page.

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Dr. Mary Elizabeth Donaldson (Mary Craker)
01/12/1851 - 1941
Reedsburg, WI - Napa, CA

Mary became the only woman MD graduate from Wooster University in Cleaveland in 1892. In 1898 she and her husband founded the Idaho Sanitarium Institute, in which she gave free medical care. She and her husband founded the Donaldson Home for the Aging, and she helped found Idaho Magazine, published Reform Appeal and was an effective campaigner for prohibition.

Resources: "Boise's Dr. Mary E. Donaldson, Pioneer in Medicine and Elder Care"
Keywords: doctors, medical practitioners, prohibition
Contributed by: Mike Bullard

Dr. Minnie Frances Howard
08/12/1872 - 1965
Memphis, MO - ?

Legendary across the state in the early 1900s, Minnie was a graduate of Kansas University with post graduate studies in New York, Vienna, and Chicago. She began her 20 year medical practice in 1903 in Pocatello, ID. As an advocate for Fort Hall she wrote several articles for Idaho newspapers, and her philanthropy in arts and history resulted in the Carnegie Library in Pocatello.

Resources: ISU Special Collections, MC001.
Dr. Minnie Frances Hayden Howard - NLM
Keywords: doctor, philanthropist
Contributed by: Mike Bullard