Hattie F. Bacasse, 60, a clinical nursing instructor at St. Elizabeths Hospital and chairman of the board of Deborah's Place, a Washington residence for homeless women, died of leukemia Monday at Providence Hospital.
Mrs. Acasse was head nurse and clinical supervisor for nursing assistants and student nurses at St. Elizabeths from 1953 to 1963. For the next 10 years, she was a nursing instructor and coordinator for medical and surgical nursing at the old Freedman's Hospital, now Howard University Hospital. In 1973, she returned to St. Elizabeths and was the chief clinical nursing instructor in the hospital's O'Malley Division until her death.
She began her nursing career with the D.C Visiting Nurse Association and also was a D.C. Public Health Nurse for four years.
Mrs. Bacasse had been associated with Deborah's Place since its dedication in 1973 as Washington's first residence for destitute and homeless women.
She began as a volunteer at the home and was vice chairman of the board from 1973 until 1979, when she was named board chairman.
She was born in Birmingham, Ala. She graduated from Freedmen's Hospital School of Nursing in 1947, earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Columbia Union College in Takoma Park and did graduate work at the Washington School of Psychiatry. She earned a master's degree in community health nursing at the University of Maryland in 1973.
Mrs. Bacasse served on the American Heart Association Nursing Education Subcommittee and as an alternate member of the Metropolitan Coordinating Commission for Clinical Experiences in Community Health Nursing.
Her numerous professional memberships included the American Nurses Association, the National League of Nursing, the American Public Health Association and the American Association of Sex Educators and Counselors.
Mrs. Bacasse was active in the NAACP, the Urban League, the Metropolitan Boys Club and the Northwest Civic Association.
A Washington resident, she was a 25-year member of the Mount Olivet Lutheran Church here, a former Sunday school teacher there and a member of the church's Cadence Ladies Society.
Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Samuel J. Bacasse Jr., and a son, Samuel III, both of Washington; a brother, T. L. Forrest, and two sisters, Sylvia Pegram and Venona Richardson, all of Birmingham; another brother, Speck Forrest of Detroit, and another sister, Geraldine Anderson of Cleveland.