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medical museum director

Gretchen Worden, medical museum director.


Worden, Gretchen was born on September 26, 1947 in Shanghai, China. Came to the United States, 1948. Daughter of Warren Lester and Mildred Elise (Boericke) Worden.


Associate of Arts, Urbana College, 1967. Bachelor, Temple University, 1970.


Assistant to curator, Mutter Museum, College Physicians of Philadelphia, 1975-1980;acting curator, Mutter Museum, College Physicians of Philadelphia, 1980-1982;curator, Mutter Museum, College Physicians of Philadelphia, 1982-1988;director, Mutter Museum, College Physicians of Philadelphia, since 1988. Board advisor CADUCEUS, Museum Quarterly for the Health Sciences, Springfield, Illinois, since 1989. Institutional consultant International Society Physician Historians, New York City,1983-.

Advisor Edward Hand Medical Heritage Museum, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, since 1989. Board directors Walt Whitman Association, Camden, New Jersey, National Museum Civil War Medicine.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Co-chairman Eastern State Penitentiary Task Force, Philadelphia, 1988-1990, chairman, since 1990. Member American Association Museums, Museum Council Philadelphia and Delaware Valley (president 1989-1991, board directors since 1991), Medical Museum Association, European Association Museums of History of Medical Science (executive county since 1988), West Philadelphia Shakespeare Club II (president 1983-1985).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: gardening, architecture, collecting cow creamers.


Warren Lester Worden

Mildred Elise (Boericke) Worden