Author Biographical Info

Dorothea Ellen Kassell was born in Spokane, Washington, on January 29, 1906. The family moved to Chicago before 1910 and then to Llano County before 1920. 1970 Texas State Association of Occupational Nurses Achievement Award. She graduated from St. David’s Hospital School of Nursing in Austin, Texas, in 1927; the 1940 census said she had two years of high school. She was a nurse on duty on the Lower Colorado River Authority’s Buchanan Dam project near Burnet, Texas, in the mid-1930s. She worked for ARMCO Steel in Houston for 26 years, 25 as head nurse, before retiring January 29, 1971. She was in occupational nursing for “over 32” years at the time. Kassell was active at the local and state level in the American Association of Industrial Nurses (now the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses). She was treasurer of the Houston chapter for 15 years, served two terms on the Texas AIN Board of Directors, and served for awhile as the Texas AIN historian. She won the Texas State Association of Occupational Nurses Achievement Award in 1970. Kassell died on February 3, 1991, and is buried in the Kassell Cemetery in Llano County.


MS 012

Publication Date(s)

November 9, 2021




Nursing, Occupational medicine, Industrial medicine, Nurses, Houston (TX), Houston Area Association of Industrial Nurses, Houston Area Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Dorothea Kassell, newsletters, reports, memorandums, annual reports, minutes (administrative records), printed materials


The Dorothea Kassell, RN papers contains newsletters, committee reports, memos, annual reports, business meeting minutes relating to the Houston Area Association of Occupational Health Nurses and Houston Area Association of Industrial Nurses, print campaigns, reprints, and other printed materials which document the career and experience of Dorothea Kassel’s career as an occupational health nurse. See more at MS 012.


Donated by the creator in 1980. No accruals are expected for this collection.



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