Adelaide Rosborough Thorpe
In 1941, while studying library science at Mary Washington College as a Bachelor of Liberal Studies student, Adelaide Rosborough married Vincent Ashford Thorpe. As many women did at the time, Adelaide left college when she married. Vincent was production supervisor for recently built Ethyl-Dow, overseeing the manufacture of ethyl gasoline used during World War II. Adelaide volunteered with the Red Cross and USO. After the war, the couple had two daughters and moved to Texas. While her family always came first, Adelaide was committed to helping others. Over the years she received numerous awards for her work with the United Way, Red Cross, Brazoria County Child Welfare, Head Start, Girl Scouts, and Community Chest. A childhood illness instilled an interest in healthcare and she became one of the first "Pink Ladies" at the Brazosport Community Hospital. She later joined the hospital's Board of Trustees and the Brazosport Health Foundation Board. In 2007 she established the Adelaide R. Thorpe Scholarship for promising nursing students. The Brazosport Health Foundation recognized her service by renaming a street within the hospital campus in Adelaide's honor to Thorpe Drive in 2011. Adelaide died in October 2014.
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