Spears, Jewell A. King(born: 1933)
Jewell A. King Spears was an instructor at the Reid Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She was the first African American assitant director of nursing in-service department at the Reid Hospital in Richmond, IN, where she developed the nursing technician program. She was promoted to the position in 1977, later becoming vice president of the hospital before retiring in 1995. In 1974, she was chosen by Indiana Governor Otis Bowen as the only registered nurse on the Emergency Medical Services Commission; Spears became president of the commission in 1977. She was also president of the Wayne County Welfare Board. Jewell A. King Spears was born in Hazard, KY, the daughter of Janie and Saul King (1902-1968). The family moved to Richmond, IN, in the 1940s. Jewell Spears is a graduate of the Reid Memorial Hospital and the Earlham College nursing program, and earned her bachelor's degree from Earlham College. In 2009, she received the Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Award from the Indiana University East School of Nursing [online article]. Jewell A. King Spears was married to Glen A. Spears (1928-2007).
For more see "Earlham grad becomes Reid's director of nursing," Palladium-Item, 02/27/2008, Region section, p. 3A; the Jewell A. Spears entry in The Black Women in the Middle West Project, by D. C. Hine, et al.; and "Glen A. Spears," Palladium-Item, 10/14/2007, Obituary section, p. 3C. See also, Jewell Spears in the 2008 documentary "1:47" that tells the story of the 1968 explosion in Richmond.