Edith Shain, World’s Second Most Famous Nurse, Passes Away

June 23rd, 2010


Florence Nightingale is arguably the world’s most famous nurse, but Edith Shain is a close second.  Who is Edith Shain? You might not know her face, but might know the back of her head.  Mrs. Shain is one half of the famous couple in the famous WWII era Alfred Eisenstaedt photo of the sailor kissing the nurse in New York City.

Mrs. Shain passed away Sunday, but she will be remembered for posterity. There were as many as 10 men who claimed to be the sailor, with Carl Muscarello proving to be the most likely, but it seems that only Edith Shain seemed to have a legitimate claim as being the nurse. She was 92.

Life magazine has a fantastic slideshow, if you’d like to take a look.

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