Maxine Conder

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Maxine Conder
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RADM Maxine Conder, Director of the Nurse Corps, meets with future Directors CAPT (later RMDL) Mary Nielubowicz (left) and LCDR (later RADM) Joan Engel.
Born (1926-04-20) April 20, 1926 (age 90)[1]
Bingham Canyon, Utah
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1951-1979
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held Director of the United States Navy Nurse Corps
Awards Legion of Merit

Rear Admiral Maxine Conder was Director of the United States Navy Nurse Corps from 1975 to 1979.

Early life[edit]

Born in 1926, Maxine Conder is a native of the state of Utah. She earned her nursing diploma in 1947 from St. Marks Hospital School of Nursing in Salt Lake City, Utah.[1][2]


In 1962, Conder earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah. In 1966, she earned a master's degree in nursing from the University of Washington.[2]

Navy Nurse Corps career[edit]

Conder served in hospital ship USS Haven (AH-12) off of Korea, and in Naval Hospital, Guam, as well as in various stateside assignments. After several assignments as chief nurse, she was promoted to the rank of captain in 1970. As Director of the Navy Nurse Corps, she became the second woman promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral.[2]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Rear Admiral Conder was awarded the Legion of Merit.[2]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Navy Medicine. U.S. Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. 1975. p. 4. 
  2. ^ a b c d Godson, Susan H. (2001). Serving Proudly: A history of Women in the U.S. Navy. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-317-6. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Alene B. Duerk
Director, Navy Nurse Corps
Succeeded by
Frances Shea-Buckley