Month: February 2017


Dr. Ann Brennan Damiani

the article shown above is from Dec 27, 1974, El Paso Herald-Post Dr. Ann Brennan Damiani was born and raised in El Paso. She was the daughter of James and Lilian Brennan. Dr. Damiani graduated from the Texas Medical School in Galveston. Damiani became a neuropsychiatrist and was one of the handful and the first women psychiatrists […]

Dr. Rene Noren

Dr. Rene Noren was born in 1926 in Chicago. She earned a  B.S. from Roosevelt University and earned a degree from Kirkville College of Osteopathy. She opened up her own clinic in El Paso in 1955 called, Park Foothills Hospital Clinic. Dr. Noren served as an examiner for the Federal Aviation Agency and for the Association of Aerospace Medicine. She was named in “Who’s […]

Isabel Hatchett

“Hurricane Isabel”

Isabel Adbou Hatchett was organizer and the first president of the Miners Co-Ed Association, Women’s Division. The group met at what later became Cathedral High School. Her father was born in west Syria and opened a produce store in 1915. Hatchett was the first woman to graduate from the TWC’s  (now the University of Texas […]

Women’s Suffrage in El Paso

On Jan 12, 1915, the El Paso chapter of the National Franchise League organized at hotel Orndorff. The first president was Azina Orndorff DeGroff, who operated the Orndorff Hotel. Charter members of the group were Olga Kohlberg, who founded the first free kindergarten in Texas and served as president of the El Paso Library Association; Blanche Averill who […]