Church Notes

By Deborah Corteggiano Kennedy ’73

Homecoming a Huge Success

Church Home and Hospital Alumnae, now consortium members of the Johns Hopkins Nurses Alumni Association, participated in Homecoming for the first time on October 7 and 8, 2005.

Friday evening, Cindy Carbo ’75, Susan Riddleberger ’73 and Mary Ellen Short ’67 joined Deb Kennedy ’73 for the cocktail reception. The school of nursing was filled with music, delicious food, and our new manikin standing proud next to the jazz ensemble in an authentic CHH student uniform—black shoes and stockings included! Alumni and guests also had the opportunity to view the collection of CHH caps, pins, and the restored antique dolls, circa 1917, dressed as a CHH student and graduate.

On Saturday, 35 CHH alumnae enjoyed the festivities and luncheon at the Tremont. Included in the attendance were representatives from the classes of 1931 to 1976. Two very special attendees were our beloved oldest living graduate, Hester DeHaven ’31, who will celebrate her “diamond” anniversary next year and Myrtle Watson ’35, who celebrated 70 proud years of nursing. Myrtle was serving as an officer in the Navy during World War II and was stationed at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked by the Japanese. Look for a more detailed story in a future issue on this remarkable woman.

Other special turnouts included six members of the class of 1942 and two mother/daughter attendees. Mickey Buterbaugh ’51 brought her daughter, Beth Buterbaugh Stem, JHUSON ’93, and Anita Schauck ’42 brought her daughter, Wendy Schauck Hudson ’76. Jane Marks ’76 generously gave ceramic tiles with the CHH “Ego Servo” Pin Logo to CHH attendees.

A fundraising raffle was con­ducted by CHH to support the Archives Fund. This effort generated $400. The winner of the Nurse Doll was Dr. Martha Hill ’64; the Longaberger basket was won by former CHH pediatric instructor, Doty Jackson ’63. The 50/50 Raffle, $135, was won by Nancy Germann ’55, who very generously gave her winnings back to support the Archives Fund!

Throughout the day, in every speech and blessing, CHH alumnae were warmly welcomed into the Hopkins family. I know I speak for all in saying, “thank you.” This kind and heartwarming gesture meant a great deal. Sharing in such a special day of reflection and recognition gives CHH alums an opportunity to keep traditions and memories alive.

A group photo was taken and was available for sale. If you did not order one at Homecoming, contact the photographer, Robert Smith at 410-879-4907. If you have any particular thoughts on Homecoming and what you would like to see repeated or added, please let Deb Kennedy know.



The Class of 65, was lucky to have classmate Pat Kniffin Roberts open her home in Annapolis to 13 classmates and their spouses for a very special 40th Reunion. To be sure, the day was filled with chatter, catching up, pictures, and tears.

Included in the day was a group photo, commemorative coffee mugs with the CHH pin logo, information on the Freda Creutzburg Scholarship, and black stockings suspended from the ceiling. Presentation is EVERYTHING!

There was music from a one-man band that got class members up to dance from those fabulous tunes from the ’60s. Additional music came from the singing of the class song and Alma Mater.

The Class of ’75 celebrated their 30th anniversary in July at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Fifteen class members and their families enjoyed an evening of reminiscing, photos, and swapping stories on the joys of turning 50!

Joyce Dahlmer Ness ’53 is coordinating a reunion of her class to be held on the third Thursday in October. Joyce said that her class has held this tradition for over 40 years.

CHH Transcripts

Thanks to the diligence and hard work of Jane Marks ’76, CHH alumnae can now easily obtain copies of their transcript.

The request for a transcript should include your name as it appears on the transcript, social security number, date of birth, and date of graduation. Send this information along with your present name and address to:

Chart One Storage
Attention: Aneise
8246-C Sandy Court
Jessup, MD 20794

If you have any questions, contact Aneise at
1-800-733-2679 x5308. There is no fee for this service.

Freda Creutzburg Memorial Scholarship

The first recipient of the Freda Creutzburg Memorial Scholarship will receive approximately $5,300 toward his/her nursing education. This individual will be named later this fall and more detailed information will be given in future “Church Notes.”

On July 26, 2005, Smart Woman Magazine honored Deb Kennedy, MS, RN, (CHH ’75) and Terri Weller, MS, RN, principals of Chesapeake Medical Staffing with a BRAVO Award as Entrepreneurs of the Year.

Still Looking

If you have any knowledge of the location of the Silver Tea Service that adorned the tables of many of the CHH student teas, please notify Deb Kennedy. No questions asked. The alumnae would really like to have this as a part of the archives and CHH nursing history. It had been a gift to Miss Creutzburg, and it is engraved with either “CHI” or “CHH.” It disappeared in 1975 from the School of Nursing.

CHH Archives

During the last year, CHH books, papers, photos, and more have been sorted and cataloged to preserve them for their historical value. Many of the books that were among the artifacts have been donated to the Rare Book Room at the Institute of the History of Medicine. The books will be cataloged in the Welsh Library online catalog and will indicate their Church Home provenance.

I am very happy to let you all know that the portraits of Miss Nash, Miss Elliott, and Miss Creutzburg have all been restored to museum quality. The cost of this service was in excess of $6,000 and was generously donated by an anonymous alumna.

The remaining items will need to be stored in approximately 13-15 cubic foot boxes. To date, an exact figure of the one-time cost for this service for a lifetime is unknown. Indeed, the leftover funds after the Freda Creutzburg Scholarship was initiated, is not enough to cover the archive storage fees. Though helpful, the $400 raised at Homecoming is only approximately 10 percent of the needed funds.

No donation is too small. Please consider making a donation to the Church Home and Hospital Archives Fund. Mail donations to Melinda Rose, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, JHUSON, 525 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205.

Among the archives are duplicate items that, once completely identified, will be made available for sale in the future.

There is also still a need for a volunteer(s) to assist with identification of photos as Phoebe Letocha and her department continue to catalog the CHH archives. The new location of the archives depart­ment will be in Mt. Washington after November 1. Please contact Deb Kennedy if you are interested in volunteering. Transportation may be avail­-able if necessary.

The Church Home & Hospital Alumni Association Memorial Service
Saturday, October 8, 2005
School of Nursing Alumni Auditorium

In Memory

A moment of silence was held at Homecoming as we remembered alumnae who have passed away in the last year.

Deceased Alumni December 1, 2004 to October 7, 2005

Irma Hemle ’31
Frances Dize Green ’38
Mary Bankert Taylor ’39
Mary Mitchell Graham ’45
Bland Mahone McCommans ’47
Shirley Veditz Watson ’48
Geraldine Vance Kent ’49
Jean Everhart Bigio ’52
Mary Carol Vasil Martelle ’55
Carol Staton Olenik ’66

We also remembered a former CHH Administrator. In July, Fred T. Wehr, retired CHH Director of Development, passed away. Mr. Wehr’s book, Poe Died Here, is among the CHH archives.


To ensure everyone continues to receive mailings, please send any address or telephone changes and deceased names to:

Deb Kennedy
1990 Gulfstream Court
Forest Hill, MD 21050
[email protected]


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