W88-0121.50. Walvoord, Jeane (Jean) W. (1909-2011). Papers, 1950-2011. 0.25 linear ft.

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Jeane (Jean) Wilhelmina Walvoord was born in Japan in 1909 to medical missionaries Anthony and Edith Walvoord. After the death of her father in 1919, the family returned to the United States, where her mother became the matron of Voorhees Hall at Hope College. There, she attended the local grammar school (Froebel). She attended Hope College for two years then transferred to and graduated from the University of Michigan with a nursing degree. She would later earn a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. In 1931, she became a medical missionary to Amoy, China, through the Reformed Church in America. During a long illness, she returned to Holland, Michigan, to recover. She returned to China in 1948. In 1951, she and other missionaries were forced to leave by the communists. Other assignments included the Philippines (1952-1954) and Taiwan (1954-1974). The collection contains biographical materials, correspondence, and a Walvoord family guest book (1950-1960).


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