Elizabeath Lucille "Betty Lu" Hunter Sorensen Adams

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Elizabeth Lucille "Betty Lu" Hunter Sorensen Adams (1926- ) was an occupational therapist at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was the founder of the Arkansas Occupational Therapy Association and the organization's second president.

Hunter was born in Tokyo, Japan, to missionaries Joseph Boone and May Cleary Hunter. Her father founded the Pulaski Heights Christian Church in the Great Depression. She graduated from high school in 1943 at the Rohwer Relocation Center where her parents ministered to Japanese internment camp residents. She was awarded college degrees in occupational therapy and psychology at the Texas State College for Women in 1947. She became a registered occupational therapist following an internship at Long Island, New York's Triborough Tuberculosis Sanatorium. There she married cartoonist and patient John Sorensen.

The couple returned to Arkansas when Sorensen's relapse led to his institutionalization in the Arkansas State Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Booneville. Betty Lu Sorensen spent the next ten years during her husband's convalescence establishing the first occupational therapy department at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. Her husband died in 1969. Betty Lu later married Thomas Adams Jr.


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