Dr. Maude A. Sanders died on October 14, 1995 at age 92. Sanders had been Peoria’s first female, African-American physician and spent many decades caring for Peorians from her office on Peoria southside. Exactly 24 years later, about 20 central Illinois professionals from a wide variety of fields, visited kindergarten through fourth-grade students at Dr. Maude A. Sanders Primary School to talk about their careers.
Students heard first-hand about being a police officer, firefighter, yoga instructor, veterinarian, technical engineer, equipment operator, marketing and sales director and U.S. Dept. of Agriculture scientist. Health care practitioners, including paramedics, EMTs and nurses gave students insights to careers within central Illinois' leading industry. One guest, Rachel Parker, could even tell students about her dual careers – as an elected government official and the proprietor of a cake shop.
Special guests included Carol Caldwell Graham, Dr. Sanders’ daughter and Theo, a very friendly French bulldog.