Who was Dr. Bernice Jameson Todd?
Dr. Todd was born in 1891 to Corona citrus and avocado ranchers William Henry and Hetty Joy Jameson. She earned her medical degree from Stanford University and later assisted Dr. William Mayo at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Dr. Todd returned to Corona in 1920 and married Clement Todd, a commissioned officer in the US Revenue Cutter Service. The Todd's managed the family citrus ranch in addition to their careers. Dr. Todd devoted much of her time working as a doctor with the Corona-Norco Unified School District to secure medical services for children. Her efforts in the 1920’s and 1930’s concentrated on stemming the outbreak of tuberculosis, creating a subsidized milk program, and nutritional education.
Dr. Todd was a life member of the Corona Women’s Improvement Club and a supporter of Settlement House, and was also active in the mission and youth activities at First Baptist Church. Dr. Todd passed away in 1993 at her home on Grand Boulevard at the age of 102.
To learn more about Dr. Todd and her family, visit the Corona Public Library’s Heritage Room.