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Doris Wofford Armenaki Collection

Identifier: WV 0079

Scope and Contents

Doris Wofford Armenaki of Cornelia, Ga., served in the Cadet Nurse Corps and the Army Nurse Corps during World War II.

Included are artifacts, an oral history interview, and a photograph documenting Armenaki's service and nursing experiences. Artifacts include dog tags, identification materials, an Army Nurse Corps cloisonne pin, and army patches. Oral history interview documents Armenaki's early education, her military service, her personal life after the war, and her nurses training and teaching at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro from the 1970s to the 1990s. Specific subjects include nurses training, her work with amputees and prisoners of war returning from Europe and the Pacific, and her post-war nursing career. One black-and-white photograph illustrates Doris Wofford Armenaki in uniform.


  • 1944-1999


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Collection is open to research.

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Biographical Note

Doris Wofford was born in Cornelia, Ga., on November 3, 1923, the daughter of a homemaker and a hardware businessman. Raised in her birthplace in northeast Georgia, Wofford graduated from Cornelia High School in 1940. She attended North Georgia College in Dahlonega, Ga., for two years, graduating in 1942. She was accepted at the Georgia Baptist Hospital School of Nursing (now part of Mercer University) and began her training there in June 1942.

In either late 1943 or early 1944, Wofford joined the Cadet Nurse Corps, which offered nurses training in return for six months of military or civilian service during the war. After completing the training, Wofford was sent to Kennedy General Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. for six months, probably from January to June 1945.

She accepted a commission for the Army Nurse Corps after her tenure in Memphis, and was sent to Camp Rucker, Ala., for basic training. After one month of basic, Wofford went to Lawson General Hospital in Atlanta. She remained at Lawson until the summer of 1946, and then was transferred to the hospital at Fort Dix, N.J. Wofford was separated from service in November 1946 as a second lieutenant.

In the spring of 1946, Wofford married Thomas Armenaki. They lived in New York when Doris Armenaki left the service, and relocated to Atlanta in September 1947. She worked in various doctor's offices in Atlanta until 1955, while helping her husband run a small tea room. The Armenakis moved to Greensboro, N.C., in 1956 for eighteen months, and then lived in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Tennessee until 1971.

Doris Armenaki returned to Greensboro in June 1971 after her husband's death. She attended nursing school at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) from 1971 to 1974 and then completed her master's in clinical oncology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1975. In the fall of that year Armenaki became a faculty member at UNCG. She retired from teaching in 1992 and died in Greensboro in 2013.


1.60 Linear Feet (1 box, 1 artifact box)

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  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Doris Wofford Armenaki of Greensboro, North Carolina, on May 19, 1999.

Separated Materials

Separated items include artifacts and oral history sound recording.

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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
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Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US