Picture of Sophie Schroeder's residence on the Milwaukee Sanitarium campus. She lived in that house during her time at the hospital. This house was located south of the Director’s Residence (Currently the Lighthouse on Dewey) on Honey Creek Parkway. This house may have been destroyed prior to the building of the Aurora Zilber Hospice in 2005. Her residence was located where the Aurora Zilber Hospice is located today (2019).
Mrs. Schroeder (Yoerg) was married to Mr. Gerhard Schroeder in 1940. She was initially trained as a nurse. She began her nursing career at Children’s Hospital in 1923. She became the Administrator of Children’s Hospital in 1937 and served on their Board of Directors for 39 years.
When Mr. Schroeder died unexpectedly in 1952, Mrs. Schroeder took over as President of the Milwaukee Sanitarium (1952-1953). After a new Administrator was hired in 1953, Mrs. Schroeder continued in her service to the hospital as President of the Board of Directors until 1974. In 1954, she worked with others, including Dr. William Kradwell, to create the non-profit Milwaukee Sanitarium Foundation, which enabled the hospital to achieve its non-profit status that same year. Mrs. Schroeder also provided the impetus for the creation of Kradwell School (1963) and the Dewey Center (1972).
Jon Van Beckum- Archivist
Aurora Psychiatric Hospital- Archives
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Sophie Schroeder, residence, Milwaukee Sanitarium, two patient cottage