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Oregon Health & Science University

Table of Contents

Growing Up in Granite City, IL; Moving to Portland; Women in Science; Reed College; Medical School; Bacteriology Lab; Farm Life in North Portland; Meeting Jerry; Practicing in Rural Oregon; Joining the Foreign Service; Saigon Duty; Return to the United States; Gerold V. Van Der Vlugt; Women in Medicine; Index


Martha Van der Vlugt, M.D., talks about her childhood in Switzerland, Illinois, and Portland and her education at Reed College and the University of Oregon Medical School where she earned her M.D. degree (1937). She recounts her years as a private practitioner in rural Oregon and her later experience as a foreign service medical officer. She settled in Washington, D.C., and worked at the federal Office of Personnel Management. She concludes the interview speaking about the issue of women in medicine. Dr. Van der Vlugt was born in Switzerland, moved to Granite City, Ill., and again to Portland, OR. After earning her medical degree from UOMS, she went into private practice with her husband in John Day, OR. She joined the State Department in the 1960s and spent ten years in Southeast Asia as a foreign service medical officer. Van der Vlugt subsequently joined the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in Washington, D.C., and started the journal, Federal Physician. She retired at age 82.


Transcript of oral history interview with Martha Rohner Van der Vlugt, conducted on March 2, 1999 by Joan Ash


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Medicine


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