Lela Morris MPH ’79


Lela Morris
MPH ’79 died Feb. 1, 2011, at age 83. In 1945, she was the first African American to be admitted to the University of Washington School of Nursing, where she earned her nursing degree. Morris began her health care career as a public health nurse in the District of Columbia. Dismayed at the plight of workers exposed to hazards in the workplace, she devoted her career to occupational and environmental health issues. She was the founding director of continuing education for the Northern California Occupational Health Center.

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