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Roma Kittelsby Blaschke
School of Nursing

Roma Kittelsby Blaschke, M.N., R.N., Assistant Professor of Nursing

Luther College, Decorah, Iowa; B.S. and diploma, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, 1943; M.N., University of Washington, 1955.

Instructor in nursing arts, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, starting after completion of intensive traineeship November 1944 to March 1945; instructor in nursing, Department of Nursing Education, University of Oregon Medical School, about 1948-1949; instructor in nursing, instructor in medical nursing, assistant professor of nursing, associate professor of nursing, University of Washington School of Nursing, 1952-1963; faculty, Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing, 1963-64; assistant professor of nursing, University of Michigan School of Nursing, 1964-1965; consultant, Nursing Education and Training Branch, Division of Nursing, U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), starting in 1965 or 1966.

At the University of Oregon Department of Nursing, Kittelsby lectured on nursing in medical diseases; pharmacology; and public health and communicable diseases. Her name appears in the catalogs for 1949-50 and 1950-51. Kittelsby reviewed Control of Communicable Diseases in Man, 8th ed., a reference manual published by the American Public Health Association. The review appeared in the American Journal of Nursing issue of March 1956. At the University of Michigan, as Roma K. Blaschke, she taught medical-surgical nursing under R. Faye McCain along with Mary Reynolds, Lucille Cole, Doris Moser, and Josephine Sana. In her position with the USPHS, Blaschke provided consultation to regional, state, and local groups to plan for and effect improvement in nursing education.

Roma Kittelsby was born in Calmar, Iowa in 1921. When she was six years old her mother died from miliary tuberculosis, a traumatic event surely. In 1930 she was living with an aunt in Calmar, and in 1940 in Decorah with her maternal grandmother. In August 1958, then on faculty at the University of Washington, Kittelsby was married to Arthur H. Pedersen, a forestry consultant, who died four and a half months later from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. In August 1963 in Seattle she was married to Lester Emil Blaschke, an officer in the United States Public Health Service with a degree from Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College. Roma Kittelsby Blaschke died at Redmond, Washington in 2004 at age 83.