Dr. Irmagene Nevins Holloway
As a child in Dodge City was active in a wide range of physical fitness and athletics. In 1917, joined a sister and two brothers as a student at Baker University. Played basketball and graduated with a degree majoring in history with a minor in physical education. Member of Zeta Tau Alpha and participated in the college orchestra, the women’s athletic association and YWCA.
Began her career as a high school health and physical education teacher in Hutchinson before going to become head of the Department of Health and Physical Education for women at the Kansas State Teachers College at Pittsburg where she introduced several innovations in physical training during her 20-year tenure.
After recovering from an automobile accident, developed a driver's education program for instructors — the first of its kind west of the Mississippi. Convinced the Kansas Department of Education that driver’s education should be taught in high school.
Earned a master’s degree from Columbia University and, in 1941 at New York University, became the first woman in the nation to receive a doctorate in safety education. Accepted a position with the American Red Cross and served as the National Director of Accident Prevention, later serving as the safety specialist for the U.S. Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Department of Public Health and Welfare. Was the first woman in the nation to be elected president of the American Academy of Safety Education. Spent 10 years as a safety education consultant for Owens Corning Fiberglass and other companies before retiring at age 83.
Received an Honorary Doctorate in 1966 and an Alumni Citation from Baker in 1983. Received numerous state and national honors and awards for her outstanding work and writing in the field of safety and health. Inducted into the International Safety and Health Hall of Fame in 1996.