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Leora B. Stroup Collection

Identifier: FC 016
The collection includes personal correspondence, personal photographs taken by Stroup at various community events throughout the 1960s and 1970s, photographs and information related to Stroup’s Japanese scroll collection and a leather flight jacket.


  • 1967-1998


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Written permission must be obtained from the Fort Hays State University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.


2 Linear Feet (2 boxes and 1 oversized box)


Leora B. Stroup Collection includes photographs, correspondence and textiles related to Stroup’s personal life in Hays Kansas.

Biographical / Historical

Leora B. Stroup was born on January 15, 1901 in Windham, Ohio to Elmer and Bertha Ursula (Allen) Stroup. Stroup attended the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio and received her R.N. degree in 1923. She went on to obtain a B.S. in Education and a Certificate in Public Health Nursing from Ohio State University, Columbus in 1927. In 1939, Miss Stroup received an M.A. in Education Administration from the Western Reserve University. In 1954, Stroup received an M.A. in Nursing Education from Columbia University, New York City. She continued her education with post-graduate work at the Teachers College, Columbia University and the Rehabilitation Center, Bellevue Hospital, New York City, completing all work for an Ed.D. except for the dissertation. Stroup taught in pilot programs at the Michigan Department of Vocational Education and Wayne University, Detroit, Michigan from 1937-1942. In 1942, Stroup joined the Army Nurse Corps and created an Air Evacuation Nursing School at Bowman Field, Louisville, Kentucky from 1942-1944. She continued to serve in the Army Nurse Corps as a Major and ranking Air Force nurse in the Pacific Theater until 1946. From 1946-1947, Stroup served as a Consultant for the U.S. Military Government in Korea. Returning to civilian life in 1947, she served on the Michigan Board of Education, Grand Rapids, Michigan from 1948-1951. From 1951-1952, Stroup worked part-time as a staff nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital, New York City; and in 1952, she was a director for a summer workshop for clinical instructors in Colorado. Stroup began her career at Fort Hays Kansas State College (now Fort Hays State University) as a Professor of Nurse Education and Department Head, August 25, 1952. She was recruited to come to the University to lead a new nursing education program and founded the Department of Nurse Education. The program began with Stroup as the one nurse faculty member, sixteen students, and three courses. Stroup went on to became the Chairman of the Division of Nurse Education. In the fall of 1969, the Nursing Division became the Department of Nursing. Stroup retired in May, 1971; on June 13, 1981, the new home of the School of Nursing was dedicated as the Leora B. Stroup Hall. Stroup married Mr. Raymond B. Eggen on June 4, 1972 at Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Mr. Eggen died February 10, 1973. Miss Stroup died February 13, 1985 and was buried at Windham Township Cemetery, Windham, Ohio.


Materials have been grouped by topic or event and then arranged chronologically.
David Obermayer
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Repository Details

Part of the Fort Hays State University Archives Repository

University Archives
Forsyth Library
502 South Campus Drive
Hays KS 67601 United States