OBIT Article: Jewell Elsik
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June 4, 2006, 1:23AM
The first full-time nurse for Alief ISD, Jewell Elsik also has a school named for her
Health pioneer was 'very loyal' to her districtBy LYNWOOD ABRAM
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle
Jewell Geneva Elsik, the first full-time school nurse for the Alief Independent School District and for whom Alief Elsik High School was named, died Monday. She was 95.ADVERTISEMENT
"She was wonderful," said Paula Smith, assistant superintendent of Alief ISD. "Until about four years ago, she came to all our dedications of new schools and to our new teacher celebrations. If she couldn't come, she would make sure that a member of her family came. She was very loyal to Alief."
As a school nurse consultant for the Harris County Department of Education, Elsik first visited Alief schools in 1962. She founded a Medical Careers Club at Alief High School, which later was renamed Alief Hastings, Smith said. At the time, the school was one of three in Alief.
Elsik became Alief ISD's first full-time school nurse in the 1966-67 school year. As the district in southwest Houston grew, Elsik became its first director of health services.
When Elsik retired in 1976, the Alief school board voted to name a new high school after her. Elsik attended the school's dedication,
Marceil Kennedy, a friend and colleague, said Elsik was surprised by the honor.
"(Elsik) was very soft-spoken and professional," said Kennedy, one of Elsik's successors as director of health services for Alief schools. "She worked well with parents."
Kennedy said Elsik was an efficient administrator who organized monthly meetings of Alief's school nurses to discuss problems and procedures.
Jewell Geneva Griffin Elsik was born in Bell County on Sept. 30, 1910, the third of six daughters of George and Bettie Griffin.
She attended school in Val Verde in Milam County, and in 1931 graduated as a registered nurse from Scott and White Hospital School of Professional Nursing in Temple.
In 1934, Elsik married H. Johnnie Elsik, superintendent of the Snook Independent School District in Burleson County.
In 1948, they moved to Houston where Johnnie Elsik joined the Aldine Independent School District and later became its superintendent. Jewell Elsik worked as a school nurse in Aldine before joining the county education department.
Her survivors include a son, Don Elsik, of Houston; three sisters, Pearl Digby, Georgia Roen and Doris Herrington, all of Belton; and friends, Robert and Mill Erwin and Pat and Marie Benham, all of Houston.