As an undergraduate studying psychology, Doris Wellenkamp was involved with modern dance, Mortar Board, swimming club, the Christian Association, and L'Agenda. She also was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Scholastic Honor Society, Concern and Action, Ski Club, Panhellenic Council, Psychology Club, and the Honor Council. She was vice president of Pi Beta Phi sorority.
In 1953, she earned a master's degree from Yale University, and then entered the field of nursing. Her career path is a reflection of her willingness and desire to help those in need. When a "boy's ranch" for juvenile offenders near her home in Elk Creek, California, was in danger of being closed down for lack of an attending nurse, she answered the call. She not only helped the 50 boys, aged 12-17, but took a key role in the expansion of a rehabilitation program for an additional 50 drug and alcohol third-time offenders, aged 17-25. She has cared for, counseled, and educated. She has opened her home and heart to a vast number of boys who desperately needed help.
She has directed a health clinic and worked with troubled youngsters at a locked facility for convicted juvenile felons. She is president of the Juvenile Justice Health Care Committee.
She also has been a volunteer for the American Heart Association for more than 35 years and has served as chair of the San Francisco Heart Association Board of Governors. She has received the AHA Gold Heart Award and John Sampson Award for outstanding volunteer leadership.
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