Informant: Norma Trebino
Interviewer: Leah Halper
Submitted: May 9, 2018


Norma Trebino Interview pt1

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Norma Trebino’s Italian-American parents worked long and hard on the ranch in Hollister to support their family — and their children worked hard also. After attending Sacred Heart School, Norma enrolled at San Benito Junior College for a year during WWII, then entered the nursing program at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose. She became a highly-regarded nurse aiding burn survivors, a pioneer in the field of anesthesiology, and an in-demand pitcher for Armed Forces women’s baseball. After the war she worked as a rural health provider before getting a public health degree at UC Berkeley. She was the first woman to serve on the California State Banking Commission, was active in various community improvement projects, and eventually returned to Hollister to become involved in civic initiatives.