Charlotte R. Burmeister, Nurse

November 17, 2009|By Jacques Kelly

Charlotte R. Burmeister, a World War II veteran and retired rehabilitation nurse, died of pneumonia complications Nov. 9 at St. Agnes Hospital. The North Baltimore resident was 90.

Born in Ashland, Pa., she attended Simmons College and was a 1941 graduate of Boston Children's Hospital School of Nursing. She was then a staff nurse for the Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia and entered military service in the Army Nurse Corps.

She was sworn in by her father, a World War I veteran. Assigned as head nurse on the surgical ward of Camp White Hospital in Medford, Ore., she was later sent to Physical Therapy School at Schofield Barracks in Oahu. Upon completion of this training she was assigned to the 369th Station Hospital and landed on the island of Saipan in the Pacific a month after it was secured. She was in charge of the physical therapy department until the end of the war. She left Army service in 1946 as a captain.

After moving to Baltimore in the late 1940s, Miss Burmeister went into rehabilitation work with Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. and assisted employees who had been injured on the job. She retired nearly 25 years ago.

She was one of five nurses who founded the Maryland Industrial Nurses Association, later called the Maryland Occupational Health Nurses Association.

Miss Burmeister spoke at professional meetings and was the author of numerous articles.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 21 at Grace United Methodist Church, where she was an active member and served on the United Methodist Women's board.

Survivors include two nieces, Elizabeth H. Fecher of Pasadena and Charlotte F. Gerczak of Baltimore.

- Jacques Kelly

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