St. Joseph’s nurses celebrate 50th graduation reunion

On Aug. 25, 1968, 29 women graduated from the St. Joseph’s School of Nursing at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Parkersburg. On Saturday, eight of these graduates met at the Blennerhassett Hotel for lunch on the 50th anniversary of their nursing school graduation. From left are Ginny (Best) Gandee of Ravenswood, Jean (Arnold) Tornes of Marietta, Carla (Will) Werry of Belpre, Bev (McHenry) Reger of Parkersburg, Karen (Duckett) Pierson of Marietta, Ann (Amos) Tucker of Parkersburg, Patty (Dowler) Williams of St. Marys and Mary (Newhouse) Smith of Parkersburg. The group of local nursing school graduates meets once a month. Reger and Pierson hold a collage of the 1968 graduate photos. (Photo by Paul LaPann)

PARKERSBURG — The St. Joseph’s School of Nursing, Class of 1968, learned by hands-on training, graduates said Saturday.

And the Parkersburg school of nursing students were ready to work when they graduated on Aug. 25, 1968, the graduates said as they met for lunch at the Blennerhassett Hotel.

St. Joseph’s School of Nursing students attended classes and worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital, where the nursing school was located.

Marietta College professors and master level nurses were among the instructors at the school of nursing.

The school of nursing students attended for 36 months, year-round, and paid $1,800 for room and board in the dormitory at the time, a graduate said. The students wore starched uniforms at the school of nursing.

These 29 women graduated from the St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Parkersburg on Aug. 25, 1968. Three of these graduates have passed away. (Photo by Paul LaPann)

Fifty-one students started in the Class of 1968 and 29 graduated in August 1968 from the St. Joseph’s School of Nursing.

The St. Joseph’s School of Nursing opened in 1905 and closed after the 1969 class graduated.

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