Dr. Jane Dunaway

Dr. Jane Dunaway

One of Missouri’s First Female Physicians —

THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI'S School of Medicine’s second woman graduate, Dr. Jane Dunaway, received her medical degree in 1905. Born in 1879, Dunaway grew up in Cedar County, Mo. as one of 14 children in a farm family. She moved to El Dorado Springs, Mo. to help her brother Louis fight an influenza outbreak. She operated a three-bed hospital in a downtown building.  Dunaway’s focus shifted to psychiatry, and she joined the medical staff at State Hospital No. 2 in St. Joseph. After 30 years in psychiatry, she retired in 1960 at the age of 81.


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