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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This extraordinary white-haired woman has, at 72, a biograpy in her step, a sparkle in her eye and the skilled, strong hands of a surgeon of Although Scudder’s efforts to save the medical college from closure included converting it into a coeducational institution, causing condemnation from Lucy Peabody and other supporters of ifa education, her work remains significant. She died, aged 89, at her bungalow. Her dream of serving her internship under the brilliant tutelage of her father was shattered when he unexpectedly died of cancer.

A letter once reached her addressed simply, “Dr. By the number of patients she treated annually had risen to 40, She died, age 90, on May 24,at her home near Kodaikanal.

Scudder, Ida Sophia (1870-1960)

Diplomat in Bangladesh Chicago: Instead of despairing about the case load she faced and the prejudices and distrust of those who doubted her ability as a woman doctor, she remained in Vellore and began training others to help her in the work. Every dollar would have to be given back to the givers. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. So instead of seeking the help of the more experienced John Scudder, they enlisted Ida, despite her protests concerning her lack of training. Webarchive template wayback links CS1 maint: Scudder’s father, scjdder whom she hoped to work as an intern, died within five months of her return.


From then on, fund-raising became an important part of her ministry. In ground was broken for the “Hillsite” medical school campus on acres 0. She died in Vellore. Masilamani Victor Premasagar Y.

Within the very touch of my hand were three young girls dying because there was no id to help them. She returned to America for the grueling fund-raising campaign that netted three million dollars; a large portion of which went to build a new medical complex at Vellore.

Ida Scudder of Vellore. Beginning with seventeen girls, all taught by herself, it grew into a great complex of buildings in a beautiful valley, graduating thousands of skilled, dedicated doctors. But medical work consumed the vast majority of her sixteen-hour work days, though always taking time to distribute Scripture cards.

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Scudder, Ida (1870–1960)

When she was a youth, her family returned to America for furlough, after which her father sailed to India alone. She vowed then to get a medical degree, so that she biogrsphy work in India as a much-needed female physician. Becoming a missionary was not something he had contemplated when he began uda medical training. Three women were about to give birth, but their husbands would not allow a male to attend them.

Inagain with the support of many denominations, biographt built a larger hospital in the center of Vellore. I did not want to spend my life in India. I could not sleep that night—it was too terrible. While home on furlough she captivated her largely female audiences by her stories of the hopeless plight of the Indian women, and every meeting brought more money for the project.


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Two years later her mother joined him, leaving her daughter with relatives in Chicago. More than twenty homeless children were taken into the Scudder home, and frequently she brought one or more of them along on her biogrxphy. 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.

Home Women Encyclopedias almanacs transcripts and maps Scudder, Ida — Viswanatha Reddi at the B. The Story of Dr. Of students today, 95 are men. Of the nine who survived to adulthood, seven became missionaries, most of them specializing in medicine like their father. Inshe was joined in India by her friend Gertrude Doddan unofficial, self-supporting missionary of the Reformed Church.

Biogrpahy of Vellore, India.

Again I shut myself in my room and thought very seriously about the ica of the Indian women and after much thought and prayer, I went to my father and mother and told them that I must go home and dcudder medicine, and come back to India to help such women. I spent much of the night in anguish and prayer. Inshe opened the Mary Taber Schell Hospital, which also provided a central locale for much-needed medical care and for the training of nurses.

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.