French missionary physician, philosopher and music scholar.
Autograph Document Signed, one page, oblong octavo, Lambaréné, [Gabon], August 2, 1959. In French, headed Certificate of baptism. With slight fading on right side of page.
“Mlle. Margrietha Dingena van der Kreek, born on the twenty-ninth of September, 1926 in Bussum, Holland, residing in Lambaréné, who works at my hospital, was baptized by me, Albert Schweitzer, a pastor of the Alsatian Church, on the second of August, 1959. [This] baptism is recorded in the book of baptisms of the Protestant [authorities] in Paris at Lambaréné. ”
Dr. Margrietha van der Kreek was Albert Schweitzer’s chief of medical services at his hospital from March 1955 till August 1960. Schweitzer established his renowned hospital in 1913, the year he became a doctor of medicine. With his wife Hélène Bresslau, who had trained as a nurse in order to assist him, he set out for Lambaréné in the Gabon province of French Equatorial Africa. There on the banks of the Ogooué (Ogowe) River, Albert Schweitzer, with the help of the natives, built his hospital, which he equipped and maintained from his income, later supplemented by gifts from individuals and foundations in many countries. The hospital grew steadily in the 1950s, and by 1963 there were 350 patients with their relatives at the hospital and 150 patients in the leper colony, all served by about 36 white physicians, nurses, and varying numbers of native workers.
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