Persida Novakovich Drakulich, Ph.D., R.N.

I was very proud to wear the uniform of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps while training at St. Mark's Hospital, affiliated with the University of Utah and founded by Bolton Act and administered by the U.S. Public Health Service. WWII ended and my naval officer husband and I moved to San Diego, CA, while he was staioned at the U.S. Naval Hospital. My nursing career in public health was payback time to our U.S. Public Health Service.

My Bio

  • Orphaned at age 7
  • Joined the United States Cadet Nurse Corps during WWII at age 17
  • 32 years directing school health promotion/risk reduction and disease prevention programs in San Diego Unified School District and California State Department of Education in Sacramento
  • Professor of Health Science at San Diego State University
  • California State Attorney General's Drug Prevention Commission
  • California State Attorney General's Child Abuse Prevention Commission
  • City of San Diego Board Chairmanships
  • Chair - City of San Diego Drug Prevention Board
  • Chair - City of San Diego Neighborhood Pride and Protection Advisory Board
  • Chair - Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla
  • Chair - National Advisory Board for McDonald Center for Alcohol & Drug Treatment
  • Past President - Kiwanis Club, Downtown San Diego
  • Married 46 years - widow, 2 sons (both lawyers, 4 grandsons: 1 grandson is also a lawyer)


Last Name in Nursing School: 
Novakovich Drakulich
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Cadet Nurse
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Nursing School: 
St. Mark's Hospital, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada
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