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Re: Alice A. Ball/J P Ball
In Response To: Re: Alice A. Ball/J P Ball ()

Update - I found Alice's obituary in the Honolulu Evening Bulletin.

The notice of her death can be found in the Honolulu Star Bulletin, January 1, 1917, Page 1, Column 2. The text is as follows:

(Associate Press by Federal Wireless)
SEATTLE, Washington, Jan 1 - Alice Ball, instructor at the College of Hawaii, died today at the home of her parents here. Her illness began last March when she inhaled chlorine gas while giving a demonstration to her class.

Miss Alice Ball became ill last spring and returned home but came back again this fall. She broke down after a short time. At the college this afternoon it was stated that it is doubted if inhaling the cholrine gas was the direct cause of her death believed that there were other causes contributing to her breakdown. She came to Hawaii from the University of Washington and had been here about two years. On the advice of physicians the college sent her home in the hope she would recover from an illness entirely apart from the effects of the gas.

(My note)

On the copy of Alice's death certificate (which I ordered from Washington State) whatever had been originally put in as the cause of death was x'd out and the "new" entry suggested that a tonsillectomy two years before her death and asthma were responsible for her death. I have no way of knowing why her death certificate was altered, but as you can see from the above citation from the newspaper, the college "officially" denied that the inhalation of chlorined gas was the direct cause of her death. However, I do know that in WWI, chlorine gas was used as a method of chemical warfare. Inhaling it causes very painful damage as it burns and scars the lungs.

The following link is a photograph of Alice that came to my attention through a researcher in Washington. This is her graduation picture from 1912 from Washington State when she got her bachelors degree in pharmaceutical chemistry. She was the first woman in Washington State to graduate with a degree in science.

Scroll down and click on page 23.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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