Alene Duerk

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Alene B. Duerk
Birth nameAlene Bertha Duerk
Born(1920-03-29)March 29, 1920
Defiance, Ohio, U.S.
DiedJuly 21, 2018(2018-07-21) (aged 98)
Lake Mary, Florida, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service1943–1946
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands heldDirector, Nurse Corps
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsLegion of Merit
Distinguished Alumni Award
Other workDirector of United Services Life Insurance Company
Director of the Visiting Nurses Association and Foundation for Central Florida

Alene Bertha Duerk (March 29, 1920 – July 21, 2018) was a United States Navy admiral.

She was born in Defiance, Ohio. She became the first female admiral in the U.S. Navy in 1972.[1][2] She was also the director of the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps from 1970 to 1975. She was a 1974 recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award of Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

Duerk died in Lake Mary, Florida on July 21, 2018 at the age of 98.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Tiger. Female Hierarchies. Transaction Publishers. pp. 65–. ISBN 978-1-4128-2353-1.
  2. Richard Mayne (January 2000). The Language of Sailing. Taylor & Francis. pp. 5–. ISBN 978-1-57958-278-4.
  3. "Rear Adm. Alene Duerk, Navy's first woman to achieve flag rank, dies at 98". Orlando Sentinel. July 25, 2018.