Parkview nurses reunite, bid farewell to Randallia campus building

English Hall at Parkview Randallia was home to the Parkview School of Nursing. It was built in the '50s.
English Hall at Parkview Randallia was home to the Parkview School of Nursing. It was built in the '50s.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- About 150 former nurses came together for a reunion on the Parkview Randallia campus Thursday evening.

The nurses all graduated from the Parkview Methodist School of Nursing, which was run out of English Hall.

Crews will soon tear English Hall down to make way for a new parking lot.

NewsChannel 15 talked with a few ladies who were in the first class to graduate from English Hall, and some of their comments were quite informative and entertaining.

“Boy, things have really changed,” one woman remarked. “We had to have our uniforms inspected, our shoes inspected. If a doctor came into the nursing station, we had to stand up.”

Another recalled, “We did a lot of rotation in surgery and stuff like that, but I think it was the sponge fights, the water fights that we had [that made the experience special]. We had a lovely group. There were tears of joy, tears of sorrow, but we went through a lot together, and we still maintain our friendships.”

Thursday’s celebration also included the surprise opening of a time capsule that had been in English Hall since the place was built back in 1953. Inside the capsule were scholarships, a newspaper, a nursing magazine, and even a cap and gown with a nursing pin.

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