Mildred Cammack Morrow Memorial Scholarship
Mildred “ Millie” Cammack Morrow was born on January 24, 1924 in Salem, Iowa to Ray and Irene (Simkin) Cammack. She grew up on the family farm with her five siblings, which was founded by Millie’s Great Grandfather Levi Cammack in 1838. The farm is still owned by the Cammack family and continues to be a rich source of agriculture. In her childhood, Millie faced many challenges. She was in a tractor accident and miraculously recovered. At the beginning of the Depression the influenza epidemic hit. Pneumonia ended up taking the lives of both of her parents within three months of each other. Millie and her siblings went to live with her two maiden aunts. Determined to make it work, the maiden aunts and six children managed to keep the farm up and running together. Despite the hardships of her childhood, Millie graduated from Salem’s Whittier Academy in 1942 as salutatorian of her senior class, just behind the valedictorian and her future husband, William “Bill” Morrow.
After high school, Millie set her sights on becoming a nurse. She put herself through college by working at the University of Iowa hospital for her board. Before she was accepted into the University of Iowa’s Nursing program, she walked to work at the hospital across the river, even in the dead of winter. She worked hard and was determined to achieve her dream. Millie enjoyed her time on campus, especially attending many of the social events and balls with her boyfriend Bill Morrow. She graduated with a certificate of Graduate Nurse and worked at the State Hospital in Mt. Pleasant as she waited for Bill to graduate from the University of Iowa in 1949.
Millie and Bill were married in June of 1949, and headed west to California to find work. Millie quickly passed her Board of Nursing Exams and received her license as Registered Nurse in California. She began her work at the Sacramento County hospital and later worked at the UC Davis Medical Center. Her work began in training nurses in Obstetrics and ended in the Neurosurgical Intensive Care ward. During her career she was offered promotions to become a floor manger, but she turned them down because she preferred “hands on” care with patients – true compassionate service. Millie was a life long learner and was known for taking nursing courses at California State University, Sacramento to further her career as a nurse.
Beyond nursing, Millie was a dedicated mother of four. She wisely pushed her children to become “well rounded” by taking advantage of opportunities to participate in music lessons, scouting, sports, school and church activities – many times taking on volunteer leadership posts in those organizations. She was also an excellent cook, seamstress, teacher as well as a gifted gardener and passed many of these skills to her children as well.
Millie will always be remembered for her determined spirit, love for learning, and serving others. Her desire to establish a scholarship in the University of Iowa College of Nursing is to help nursing students like herself achieve their full potential and dreams. With this in mind, her family takes great pleasure in establishing the Mildred Cammack Morrow Memorial Scholarship in her honor.
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