The President’s New Nurse
Career of Miss McKenzie Who Has Just Gone to Buffalo.
Sept. 11.—Miss Grace McKenzie, who has gone to nurse President McKinley,
is a graduate of the Nurses’ Training School of Kensington Hospital
for women. She came here from Canada in 1892 and was graduated in
1894. Her career at the hospital during her course of study was
marked by no particular incident. But from the first she was like
by physicians and patients because of the quickness with which she
perceived what was necessary to be done, and the ease, skill and
quiet that characterized her work. She is possibly 27 years old,
is about 5 feet 5 inches in height, and weight 135 pounds. She has
a well-shaped head, pretty face, kindly blue eyes and a goodly quantity
of golden hair. Her voice is low and her manner pleasant.
After graduating she went to Baltimore
and secured employment in the Kelly sanitarium. Having secured experience
there, she became a private nurse and attended many cases in Baltimore
and Washington. It was in Washington that she met Dr. Rixey, when
she was nursing Mrs. Lyman J. Gage, wife of the Secretary of the
Treasury, who died last year.
Miss McKenzie is not a Canadian by
birth. Her parents are Scotch and she was born in that country.
She has a sister Barbara, who is now a trained nurse in Hamilton,
Ont. Miss Barbara was graduated from the Kensington Hospital a year
later than Miss Grace.