Collection 672 Oral History Interviews with Jeanne Blumhagen.
Scope and Contents
Oral history interviews with Jeanne Bourland Blumhagen in which she describes her family background; effects of the Great Depression; conversion and spiritual development; education at Whitworth University, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois; World War II; medical missionary service in Afghanistan with the American Embassy in Kabul, Bible and Medical Missionary Fellowship (BMMF), Medical Assistance Program (MAP), and later Interserve, and serving on the Wheaton College Board of Trustees. Topics discussed include: the process of discerning a call to missions; medical training for international service, the people, religion, and culture of Afghanistan; common medical issues in Afghanistan and Nepal; the challenges of raising children on the mission field; the role of women in missionary agencies; interpersonal conflict on the mission field; and impressions of Wheaton College. Individuals described include J. Christie Wilson, Ambassador Henry Byroade; Margaret Haines, Mariano Di Gangi; and Margaret Cudney. The time period covered by the interviews is 1923 to 2017.
Dr. Blumhagen was interviewed by Paul Ericksen at her residence at Windsor Park in Carol Stream, IL on ten separate occasions between 2013 and 2017.
- Blumhagen, Jeanne, 1923- (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Tape 7 of this oral history interview series is restricted at the request of the donor.
Conditions Governing Use
The copyright to the sound recordings in this collection is held by the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center Archives.
Full name: Jeanne Bourland Held Blumhagen
Birth: July 6, 1923 in Seattle, WA
Parents: Harry McClelland Bourland and Mother.
Siblings: Older sister Pat (Mary Alice Patricia) and younger sister Margie
Marital Status: Married Rex Vernon Blumhagen in December 1943
Children: Dan (b. 1946), Susan, Wendy, Karyn
1941-1942 - Whitworth College, Spokane, WA 1942-1943 - University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1943 - Whitworth College, Spokane, WA,
1948 - B.S. University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois.
1949 - M.D. University of Illinois, School of Medicine
1949-1951 - Worked as Contract Physician for United Mineworkers, Pikeville, KY
1951 - Served as in a volunteer capacity a consultant to the School of Midwifery and emergency obstetrics physician for the Frontier Nursing Service, Hyden, KY.
1952 - Worked as a consultant to the Merced County Children’s Convalescent Hospital in Merced, CA.
1953-1956 - Served as the Assistant Director of Public Health for Maternal and Child Car the Madera County Hospital, Madera, CA. 1957 - Served as Director of Public Health, Madera County, CA.
November 1960 – August 1964 - Served as Embassy Medical Officer alongside husband Rex Blumhagen, U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, until removed from position by Ambassador Byroade.
1965 - Resident Physician, General Practice at Tulare County Hospital, Tulare, CA.
February 1966 – May 1972 - Returned to Afghanistan with husband Rex Blumhagen under the auspices of Bible Medical and Missionary Fellowship but seconded to MAP, serving as Deputy Director of Medical Assistance Programs (Afghanistan Project), which involved the development of mobile medical clinics.
1968-1969 - Home leave in the United States
1972-1973 - Transition to Program Director, alongside husband Rex Blumhagen, of Medical Assistance Programs (Afghanistan Project).
July 1973 – October 1973 - Served as interim pediatrics physician in Shanta Bawan Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal.
1973-1974 - Served as consultant in Rural Health Care Delivery for BMMF and Tearfund.
1974 - Returned to the United States and settled in Wheaton, IL, where Rex Blumhagen was instrumental in starting the emergency services department at Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) and Jeanne Blumhagen taught public health classes at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
1975-1977 - Served as adjunct faculty, Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Illinois School of Public Health, teaching introductory public health courses and designing upper level courses.
1977 - Employed by the American Public Health Association as a rural health care consultant.
1977-1978 - Resident Pediatrics Physician at the University of Illinois Hospital system
1978 - Rex and Jeanne Blumhagen launched Blumhagen Medical Services as a service corporation to establish urgent care centers and consultation services at Delnor Hospital, St. Charles, IL and Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, IL.
1981 - Became a member of the Wheaton College Board of Trustees, replacing Ruth Bell Graham.
1989-1992 - Returned to BMMF (now InterServe) as international medical advisors to InterServe based in Cyprus but traveling to North Africa, Gulf of Arabia, Afghanistan, South and Central Asia, among others.
10 Sound Recordings
Language of Materials
Additions and Accruals
The materials in this collection were given to the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center Archives by Jeanne Blumhagen in August 2013, November 2016, February, March, May, June, and November 2017.
Accession: 13-31, 13-34, 16-41, 16-46, 17-03, 17-11, 17-13, 17-22, 17-24, 17-35
December 8, 2020
- Adolph, Harold Paul.
- Afghan Institute of Technology.
- Afghanistan -- History -- Soviet occupation -- 1979-1989.
- Afghanistan -- Politics and government -- 1973.
- Afghanistan -- Social life and customs.
- Afghanistan -- Travel and description.
- Ahlman Academy (Kabul, Afghanistan)
- Blumhagen, Rex
- Children of missionaries.
- Christian Medical Society.
- Conversion -- Personal narratives.
- Cudney, Margaret
- Culture shock.
- Depressions -- 1929 -- United States.
- Di Gangi, Mariano.
- Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.
- Haines, Margaret W.
- Henry, Carl F. H. (Carl Ferdinand Howard), 1913-2003.
- Hinduism -- Nepal
- International Assistance Mission.
- Interpersonal conflict.
- Islam -- Afghanistan
- Kabul (Afghanistan)
- Knoedler, Gunther.
- Leprosy -- Afghanistan
- MAP International (Organization)
- Medical care -- Afghanistan
- Medical education -- Afghanistan
- Miller, William R.
- Missionaries -- Appointment, call, and election.
- Missionaries -- Retirement.
- Missions -- Afghanistan.
- Missions -- Rural work -- Afghanistan
- Missions, medical -- Afghanistan.
- Missions, medical -- Bangladesh.
- Missions, medical -- Nepal.
- National Organisation for Ophthalmic Rehabilitation.
- Presbyterian Church -- Missions.
- Soderberg, Richard.
- Steeves, John M. (John Milton), 1905-1998.
- Third-culture children.
- United Society of Christian Endeavor.
- Van Buren, Howard
- Wheaton College (Ill.)
- Wilson, Betty Jean Hutton, 1924 2018.
- Wilson, J. Christy, 1921-1999.
- Woman's Union Missionary Society of America.
- Women in medical work
- Women missionaries.
- Women to the World (Organization)
- World War, 1939-1945.
- Ẓāhir Shāh, King of Afghanistan, 1914-2007.
- Collection 672 Oral History Interviews with Jeanne Blumhagen
- Katherine Graber
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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