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Karen Ruth DeTuncq

Karen Ruth DeTuncq, American occupational health nurse. Certified occupational health nurse specialist. Recipient Good Neighbor award Washburn Crosby Company Radio, 1992, Respiratory Health and Wellness Volunteer award American Lung Association, 1986, Outstanding Community Service award United Way, 1989, 90.


DeTuncq, Karen Ruth was born on August 28, 1948 in Virginia, Minnesota, United States. Daughter of Oscar Everett and Lila Irene (Rauma) Lahti.


Diploma in Nursing, St. Luke's School Nursing, Duluth, Minnesota, 1970.


Staff nurse Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, 1970-1971, 74-78, Miller-Dwan Hospital, Duluth, 1971-1973, Medical Personnel Pool, Minneapolis, 1973-1974. Occupational health nurse Cornelius Company, Anoka, Minnesota, 1978-1982, United States Postal Service, Eagan, 1982. Occupational health administrator Federal Reserve Bank, Minneapolis, 1982-1997.

Workers' compensation manager Minnesota Department Transportation, St. Paul, 1997-1998. Regional occupational health manager Fairview Northland Regional Healthcare, Elk River, Minnesota, since 1998.


Member Speakers Bureau, United Way, Minneapolis, 1988-1995. Bloodmobile chairman Memorial Blood Center of Minneapolis, 1979-1997. Speaker Minnesota State Services for Blind, 1986.

Annual conference planning committee Minnesota Safety Council, 1985, 87. Worksite forum committee American Cancer Society, 1990-1992. Volunteer Santa Anonymous, 1990-1993.

Charter member, board directors Federal Employees Action Team, 1990-1993. Member Minnesota FoodShare Doctor, 1990-1993. Member Minnesota Department Health Task Force on development of proposed rules for Minnesota Infectious Waste Management Act, 1990-1992, others.

Member of Minnesota Association Occupational Health Nurses (past president, treasurer, nominating committee, awards committee, bylaws committee, membership committee, education committee, president-elect 1999—2000, president 2000-2001, Nurse of the Year 1994), American Association Occupational Health Nurses (board directors 1988-1990, 1994-1998, various other committee 1986-1998, Medique National Leadership award 1991).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: reading, fishing.


Married Ronald James McCulloch, February 26, 1972 (divorced October 1982). Children: Shannon Leigh, Seth Allen, Erin Rhea. Married Thomas Jeffery DeTuncq, May 9, 1986.

Step-children: Tammy Lynn, Todd Jeffery.