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Hartford, Connecticut
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Wednesday, January 14, 1998
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Wednesday, January 14, 1998 THE HARTFORD COURANT 5 Preserving 'Worthwhile' Past Of Nursing School, Now That It's Gone h i v V ? . W - . ', - 1 i - rr" 1 v. . ' r y. On Aug. 29, 1922, Ona M. Wilcox selected the best stationery to carefully pen her letter of application to the Middlesex Hospital Training School. This young lady, employed as a stenographer and bookkeeper at an insurance company in Mer iden, wanted a change in career, to do "something more worthwhile HOSPITAL HAPPENINGS CAROLYN -CAPRIOGLIO ONA M. WILCOX In 1951 Photo Her employer supplied a letter of reference, stating that Wilcox was "by moral character, disposition, intellect and home environment, an ideal candidate. I have always found her to be faithful, patient and tactful." Wilcox could not have imagined that 76 years later her application -accompanied by the required dental records and X-rays of her feet (to prove they weren't flat), her grades and performance evaluations -would be preserved for posterity as part of the history of the college that bears her name. The Wilcox College of Nursing closed Dec. 31, but the files, minutes, records, ledgers, yearbooks, photographs (including framed portraits of each class to graduate since the first one in 1909) and a host of other memorabilia will not be lost. They will become part of the Archive of Nursing Leadership at the University of Connecticut's Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. "I am most proud that we're making these arrangements to preserve the collection," said Kathleen M. Stolzenberger, president of the college since 1994. "It's a very reassuring aspect of closing the school to know that these materials will not just be boxed up and ignored. Preservation allows the college to continue to live through the archive and retain the dignity it deserves as an institution." She is fascinated with the handwritten minutes that date to October 1909 and the albums of photographs that depict the changes in health care and in hospital procedures and equipment over the years. And she is thankful that records were so carefully retained long after they were no longer needed, providing an unbroken and detailed account of the school. "There is incredible research here in nursing history, women's studies and health care," Stolzen- QUOTABLE A Collection Of Things Heard Around Town "He's a visionary, he's successful and he's an astute business man. But it's going to be a major task." SONNY RUBINOW Owner of Ruby's in Middletown, on Ken Gronbach and the changes he is planning to revitalize the ailing Clocktower Shops, which he has agreed to purchase. "Our forefathers broke their backs to cut stone out of the quarry and made it famous around the world. That building should not be slip shodded." THOMAS FLOOD Portland selectman, arguing that town hall should not be shortchanged to reign in the cost of the renovation of Central School and the town hallBuck Library complex. "Anyone can sue. Collecting is another story." ANTHONY VARRICCHIO First Selectman of Cromwell, on a lawsuit a local couple filed against the town and the volunteer fire department over injuries received during a collision with a firetruck last year. "He was the wedding priest. " REV. FRED NICKLE Pastor at St. Pius X Church in Middletown, on the recent death of the Rev. Terrence O'Toole, who performed some 500 weddings at the church before he was transferred out of state five months ago. POLICE REPORT Middletown Sara Mendez, 39, of 36 Ferry St., Apt. 4, charged with possession of crack cocaine, resisting arrest and two counts of assault on a police officer Jan. 3. Tina R. Pillarella, 23, of Liberty Street, Middletown, charged with possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine within 1,500-feet of a school Jan. 5. Pedro Quinones, 35, of 118 Newfield St., Middletown, charged with operating under the influence Jan. 5. Kenneth Shettle, 44, 74 Culver Lane, Portland, charged with operating under the influence Jan. 6. James Cruz, 20, of 81 Myrtle St., Meriden, charged with larceny Jan. 11. Patricia Salafia, 40, of 30 Freestone Ave., Portland, charged with driving under the influence Jan. 11. Edward D. Lapke, 60, of 96 Sherwood Ave., Derby, charged with driving under the influence Jan. 9. . Peter T. Mannetho, 53, of Kil-lingworth Road, Higganum, charged with driving under the influence Jan. 10. Mary E, Loftus, 42, of 38 Bas-sett St., Ansonia, charged with first-degree larceny Jan. 9. 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'v When Eleanor Herrmann, a nurse historian and emeritus faculty member of the School of Nursing at UConn, came to evaluate the collection, she brought along Thomas Wilsted, director of the Dodd Research Center; and the university archivist, Betsy Pittman. They were impressed. "Hospital schools were long the tradition, the place where nursing education occurred," Herrmann said. "Having one school's record provides a really good example of some of the changes that have occurred in nursing education." The hospital nursing school in Middletown evolved from a training school (1908) to a diploma-granting program (1932) to a college that awarded an associate of science degree (1991). Wilcox, one of nine graduates in 1925, played a major role in that evolution, serving as director of nursing service and the school of nursing from 1943 to 1970. During her tenure, the school was one of the first in the country to receive full accreditation from the National League for Nursing. 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