Nurse Katherine Dyck, 1956

A Moment from Yesterday

September 23, 2015 | Viewpoints | Volume 19 Issue 19
Laureen Harder-Gissing | Mennonite Archives of Ontario
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Mennonite Central Committee nurse Katherine Dyck poses with mothers and twins in Pusan, Korea, in 1956. Born in Russia in 1925, she immigrated to Rosthern, Sask., and worked as a nurse in Saskatchewan and Maryland before beginning service in Korea in 1953. In 1954, she wrote, “As I daily try to help the many sick children of this war-torn land, my prayer is that they, too, will again enjoy the great blessing of a healthy mind and body.” Tragically, Katherine drowned along with nurse Bertha Kornelson on an outing to the Korean seaside in August 1956. She is buried in Rosthern.

For more historical photos in the Mennonite Archival Image Database (MAID), see

The Canadian Mennonite collection, Mennonite Archives of Ontario

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