The Marie E. Middleton Scholarship was established through The Research Foundation with a $100,000 donation by Bob Middleton. The scholarship was established to honor his mother’s dedication to the nursing profession and her drive to constantly learn and improve.
Marie E. Middleton was born Marie Ethel Wenger in Leavenworth, Kansas on November 14, 1914. She was the seventh of nine children and grew up on the family farm with her brothers and sisters outside of Basehor, Kansas. After graduating from Tonganoxie High School in 1933, Marie entered the Research Hospital Nursing Program. She graduated with her RN in 1936.
She worked at Research Hospital and Menorah Hospital until joining the US Navy during World War II, where she learned anesthesia. After her military service, she practiced as a nurse anesthetist in Kansas City specializing in children’s anesthesia until her retirement in 1979.
“Professionals who dedicate themselves to the medical field require and deserve our support," Bob said. "My desire for future recipients of this scholarship is to honor the legacy of my mom by demonstrating the characteristics she possessed and so passionately pursued.”
Marie held a lifelong love for her profession, her colleagues, and the patients that she cared for. She was smart, compassionate, loyal, and brave. She was profoundly grateful for the training, friendships, and opportunities that her Research experience provided. Bob has established the Marie E. Middleton Scholarship to help others realize their dreams and make the world a better, more caring place.