MMC School of Nursing, Portland, 1954

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The first class of the Maine Medical Center School of Nursing entered in September 1951, with 62 students and graduated September 10, 1954 at the Portland Country Club.

Edith Doane was the Director of Nurses and Marie Brennan, Educational Director.

The students were housed in the Pine Street Nurses' Home and Vaughan Hall with some students commuting for a short period of time. The Class of 1954 was the first class to wear the MMC nursing uniform, a gray dress with white bib and apron. This class chose the color and design of the cape.

The Alma Mater for the school was written by class member Nancy Pope Perkins to the music of "Finlandia."

Students are, front row, from left: Ann Polk, Beatrice Plante, Margaret Coffey, Dorothy Spear, Mary Riley, Beverly Foster, Carol Marshall, Sara Johnson and Joan Freme.

In the second row, from left, are Thelma Perry, Beatrice Boiley, Rita Randall, Adelaide Miller, Lorraine Plante, Violet Colson, Esther Sferes, Olive Little, Nancy Pope and Barbara Galvin.

In the third row, from left, are Thelma Robertson, Josephine Green, Jean Ramsdell, Mary Twomey, Charlotte Tibbetts, Ann Poulin, Phyllis Clay and Evelyn Pulsifer.

In the fourth row, from left are Donna Braendle, Judith Epps, Edith Cousins, Marilyn Smith, Norma Drew, Patricia Sargent and Catherine Taylor.

In the back row, from left, are Dorothy Stanley, Natalie Ridyard, JoAnn Polackwich, Norma McCormick, Mary Ann Connent, Marjorie Furnival and Mary Varney.

Lucille Young not present for the photograph.

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About This Item

  • Title: MMC School of Nursing, Portland, 1954
  • Creator: Maine Medical Center
  • Creation Date: 1954-09-27
  • Subject Date: 1954-09-27
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 20.5 cm x 25 cm
  • Local Code: P03.02.28
  • Collection: MGH/MMC School of Nursing Class Groups
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine Medical Center Archives
22 Bramhall Street, Portland, ME 04102
(207) 662-4081

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