Nebraska Authors

Ora Ruggles

AKA: Ora Grace Ruggles

Born 1894-04-16 McCook, NE (USA)

Died 1971-10-14
Santa Barbara County, CA (USA)

Whittier, CA (USA)
Rose Hills Memorial Park

Ruggles was born in Nebraska but moved to Los Angeles in her teens. She was a "reconstruction aide" for the sick and injured veterans of World War I. She worked first with tubercular soldiers and later with the injured and amputees. She is considered a pioneer in the field of occupational therapy.

Places Lived

McCook, NE
Los Angeles, CA
Arizona (Hospital Camp)
Santa Monica, CA
Bakersfield, CA

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Veteran's Care--World War I; Occupational Therapy


Attended College, 3 years


Elementary School Teacher
Hospital Aide

Places Worked

Taught in schools in California


The Healing Heart : The Story of Ora Ruggles, Pioneer in Occupational Therapy. 1962. (With John Carlova)

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