By Deb Corteggiano Kennedy ’73
Reunion Weekend 2020
Be sure and “Save the Date” of October 8-10 for Reunion Weekend 2020. We will once again enjoy the beauty of the Inner Harbor at the Waterfront Marriott in Harbor East. Be sure and watch the CHH Facebook page for more details to register and get the Hotel Reservation Link and discount information. Invitations for the Reunion Weekend are sent to Reunion Year Classes ONLY. We want everyone to attend, so whether this is your 45th, 50th, or 55th year to celebrate, plan to attend and have a great time.
Distinguished Alumni Award
Nominations are being accepted for the Church Home & Hospital Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is given to an alumnus who has demonstrated continual excellence in the values and knowledge bestowed upon them as a Church Home graduate. It also recognizes that recipients have incorporated these ideals into their careers and lives as respected caregivers and citizens. Past recipients include Susan Riddleberger, ’73 and Kathy Milholland Hunter, ’69. Nominations are due by July 1 and can be sent to Deb Kennedy.
A Seat Of Honor
Included in the new School of Nursing renovation and expansion will be a Courtyard Oasis. Thank you to Pat Kniffin Roberts, ’65 for her generous donation of a bench for the Courtyard that will be named for Church Home Alumni.
2020, the Year of the Nurse!
As we enter this decade celebrating it as nurses, and as proud nurses, what better way to greet it than to toast “The Lady with the Lamp” herself? On May 12, Florence Nightingale will turn 200! A very special gift to celebrate the year and honor fellow nurses was provided by Susan Blakeslee Phillips, ’73. The Florence Nightingale Museum in London has a Book of Honour for which you can submit photos and information on your favorite nurse that will remain forever. Trips to London should be on everyone’s Bucket List to check this out.
‘Berkie’ Bevans: She Did Us Proud
Borghild “Berkie” Johnson (pictured at top) was a true example of Church Home and Hospital’s “Greatest Generation.” Upon graduating from the nurses training program in 1942, she and classmates Alma Hackley and Ann Stifler marched into the U.S. Army recruiting office and said, “We’d like to join up, but we’d like to stay together.” And they did … the trio were tent mates throughout World War II, providing care in the 78th Station Hospital in North Africa, Italy, and France, and returning home together in 1945. Berkie remained lifelong friends with many classmates and cherished them dearly.
Borghild Helen Bevans (née: Johnson), Church Home & Hospital Class of 1942, died November 29, 2019. There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. May 17 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8516 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore. Obituary: johnson-fosbrink.com/obituaries.
Donations to honor Berkie Bevans’ nursing legacy as a graduate of the Church Home & Hospital can be made to the Freda Creutzburg Scholarship at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Borghild “Berkie” Johnson Bevans, ’42
Bettie Jean Knight Howard, ’47