Helen Mussallem

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Helen Mussallem
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Born Helen Kathleen Mussallem
7 January 1915
Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada
Died 9 November 2012(2012-11-09) (aged 97)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Nationality  Canada
Occupation Nurse

Dr. Helen Kathleen Mussallem, Ed.D, CC, FRCN, DGStJ (7 January 1915 – 9 November 2012) was a noted, decorated Canadian nurse, who served in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps during World War II.


Born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia to Solomon and Annie (née Besytt) Mussallem, both of Lebanese descent, Mussallem studied at the School of Nursing, Vancouver General Hospital from 1934 to 1937.[1][2] Between 1943 and 1946, she served as a surgical nurse and lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps during World War II. In 1947, she attended McGill University, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. She received her Master's of Arts in Education from Columbia University Teachers College and was the first Canadian nurse to earn a doctoral degree from Columbia University. From 1963–81, she was Executive Director of the Canadian Nurses Association. From 1989–91 she was the President of the Victorian Order of Nurses.[3]


Mussallem died in Ottawa at the age of 97 on 9 November 2012.[4][5]



  1. ^ "Dr. Helen K. Mussallem dies". UBC Nursing News. University of British Columbia. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dr. Helen Kathleen Mussallem dies". Legacy.com. 13–14 November 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Dr. Helen Kathleen Mussallem profile, thecanadianencyclopedia.com; accessed 26 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Obituary for Dr.Helen Kathleen Mussallem". Hulse, Playfair and McGarry. November 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Canada's nursing profession celebrates the life of one of its most ecorated nurses". Canadian Nurses Association. November 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 

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