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Margarethe Cammermeyer

Margarethe Cammermeyer was Norwegian, American medical/surgical nurse. Registered Nurse Washington. Member Defense Advisory Committee Women in Services; honorary board Service Member's Legal Defense Network; owner Adult Family Home, manager; commissioner Whidbey General Hospital.


  • Cammermeyer, Margarethe was born on March 24, 1942 in Oslo. Arrived in the United States, 1951. Daughter of Jan and Margrethe (Grimsgaard) Cammermeyer.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Maryland, 1963. Master of Arts, University Washington, 1976. Doctor of Philosophy, University Washington, 1991.


    • Staff nurse Veterans Administration Hospital, Seattle, 1970-1973, clinical nurse specialist in neurology, epilepsy, 1976-1981. Clinical nurse specialist in neuro-oncology Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Francisco, 1981-1986, clinical nurse specialist in Neuroscience, nurse researcher Tacoma, 1986-1996. Retired, 1996; owner AdultCare, 2006—2010.

      Member DACOWITS; Served to captain United States Army, 1961-1968, captain to colonel United States Army Reserve, 1972-1988, colonel Washington National Guard United States Army, 1988-1997.

    Major achievements

    • Registered Nurse Washington.


    • Serving in Silence
    • A heroic nurse who won the Bronze Star among other honors in her exemplary career chronicles her life, discussing her decision to challenge the official position on homosexuality, an act that led to her discharge.


    Member Defense Advisory Committee Women in Services. Honorary board Service Member's Legal Defense Network. Owner Adult Family Home, manager.

    Commissioner Whidbey General Hospital.


    • Married Harvey H. Hawken, August 1965 (divorced 1980). Children: Matthew Hawken, David Hawken, Andrew Hawken, Thomas Hawken. Married Diane Divelbess, March 2004.
    • father: Jan Cammermeyer
    • mother: Margrethe (Grimsgaard) Cammermeyer
    • spouses: Harvey H. Hawken
    • Diane Divelbess
    • children: Matthew Hawken Cammermeyer
    • David Hawken Cammermeyer
    • Andrew Hawken Cammermeyer
    • Thomas Hawken Cammermeyer
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    Born March 24, 1942
    (age 75)