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Killeen left the city to attend the College of Medicine at Michigan University and then pursued postgraduate work in Chicago and at Harvard. (2)
Killeen returned to Dubuque as a physician and surgeon and served on the staff of Mercy and Finley hospitals. In 1921 she was elected president of the Dubuque County Medical Society. (3) She was elected president of the medical staff at FINLEY HOSPITAL (THE) in 1929. (4)
Killeen organized the DUBUQUE VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION and the CATHOLIC WOMAN'S LEAGUE. She was a lecturer at CLARKE COLLEGE and held memberships in the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce, Dubuque Federated Women's Club (later DUBUQUE WOMEN'S CLUB), Civic Music Association, Choral Club, and charter membership in the DUBUQUE ART ASSOCIATION. She was among the first to advocate for the teaching of music in the public schools. (5) Killeen was active in the PLAYGROUND MOVEMENT in Dubuque and served as treasurer of the hygienic committee. (6)
1. "Death Claims Mary Killeen," Telegraph-Herald, July 16 1937, p. 1
3. "Medical Society Elects Officers," Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, December 13, 1921, p. 11
4. "Staff at Finley Elects Officers," Telegraph-Herald and Times Journal, November 22, 1929, p. 10
5. "Death Claims..."
6. "Playground Move Popular," Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, June 19, 1910, p. 7