Dr. Mary J. Blood graduated from the University of Wichita in 1936 with a degree in chemistry. She also earned her master's degree in medical technology from Wayne State University of Detroit. She worked in the laboratory at Wesley Hospital for 10 years before entering medical school at the University of Kansas. She entered private practice in Wichita in 1952 and continued as a pediatrician until she retired in 1985.
Mrs. Robilee Taylor, Dr. Blood's niece, remembers tagging along on patient visits with her aunt. "When I would spend the night over there, she would get calls to the ER. She would make house calls in the middle of the night, she was just so devoted," Mrs.Taylor said.
Dr. Blood was past president and secretary of the Kansas State Pediatric Society, fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and member of the American Medical Association. She was involved with organizations such as the Soroptimists, Magna Carta Dames and the Mayflower Society. Dr. Blood also was interested in figurines, history, archeology and traveling. Her favorite destination was Africa.
The Dr. Mary Blood Health Professions Scholarship/Fellowship is awarded to a full-time student enrolled in the College of Health Professions without regard to financial need.