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Dr. Ida Cammon Robinson (February 11, 1920 - February 6, 2017)

Dr. Ida Cammon Robinson, a 2010 Catholic University of America honorary doctorate recipient  and a 1948 graduate of the School of Nursing passed away on Monday, February 6 , 2017 at age 96.

Dr. Robinson was among the first African-American graduates of CUA’s School of Nursing and she earned her Masters in Nursing in 1958. After earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing education in 1948, she went on to a distinguished nursing career, including serving as director of the Freedmen’s Hospital School of Nursing-Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Robinson once told an interviewer, “Back then, hospitals would hire (African-American nurses) to work nights — but not day. We could only work nightshift, and leadership positions were out. And when I was working nightshift, many patients would say, ‘Where is the nurse?’ and I would say, ‘I am the nurse.’ And the patient would say, ‘No. We want the nurse.’”
Beginning in the mid-1950s, Robinson was an instructor at the Freedmen’s Hospital School of Nursing, where she trained and mentored scores of nurses. She was director of the hospital’s School of Nursing from 1968 to 1973. The hospital and its nursing program became part of Howard University in 1967. Robinson is a past recipient of the Howard University Service Award.
In the 1970s, she was director of education and training at Children’s National Medical Center. The former chair of the District of Columbia boards of practical and registered nursing, Robinson has been active in the American Nurses Association and the Black Nurses Association of Greater Washington.
Upon her being awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University, Dr. Robinson said  “It is my hope that this special occasion will encourage and inspire all health-care providers to fully use their special gifts to ensure that everyone's health needs are addressed locally, nationally and globally,”
Dr. Robinson is survived by Beverley R. Wheeler, El Haji Daoud A. Rasheed, 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Elenora Robinson Campbell; brother-in-law, Wesley Robinson Sr..
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10 AM at the Northeastern Presbyterian Church, 2112 Varnum ST NE, Washington DC 20019.  Letters of condolence can be sent to Veda Rasheed, 703 Chaplin St. NE, Washington DC 20019.
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