Eloise Zeller Leinfelder Fund
Eloise Zeller Leinfelder was known for her curiosity and desire to learn. Born on June 10, 1917, in Oxford Junction, Iowa, Eloise was raised by her father, Louise Zeller, and her mother, Agnes Mary Leffingwell Zeller. She had two siblings, Omar and Esther. Esther fell ill with encephalitis as a young child and lived at home with the family until the death of their mother.
Eloise attended the Oxford Junction school system and the University of Iowa. At Iowa, she earned her bachelor’s degree in 1941 and her master’s degree in nursing administration in 1958. In March of 1960, Eloise married P. J. Leinfelder, a faculty member in the College of Medicine.
Eloise spent her entire nursing career in Iowa City. She served as supervisor of the Eye Clinic at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and a faculty member in the UI College of Nursing. She also served as assistant chief of nursing at the Veterans Administration Medical Center. Her students in the College of Nursing remember her as approachable and someone who provided an environment that fostered growth.
Eloise was a longtime advocate for education and was dedicated to the College of Nursing’s vision and goals. From the very first draft of her will, Eloise desired to establish a memorial award for nursing excellence. Her legacy lives on forever here at Iowa through the Eloise Zeller Leinfelder Fund.
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