|Class of '63 Reunion
with Jackline Knable Hill - May 22-23, 2013
Pennsylvania Hospital ("Pennsy") is a hospital in Center City, Philadelphia. Founded on May 11, 1751 by Benjamin Franklin
and Thomas Bond, it was the first hospital in the United States. It is also home to the first surgical amphitheatre and first medical
library in America--two locations which you will see in this little presentation.
There were 39 graduates in the nursing class of 1963. Twenty four attended the reunion. An excellent turnout. Three died. Four
could not be located, and eight could not attend.
Those who attended (maiden names) were top to bottom and left to right, Susan Lusch, Claudia Seagreaves, Esther Fillis, Carol
Miller, Bonnie Bacon, Gina Pelleriti, Judy Mitchell, Ann Dietrich, Kim Viteri, Linda Paulsen, Jackline Knable, Mary Valeria, Betty
Zimmerli, Jane Snook, Sue Clapp, Emily Chan, Peggy Parke, Susan McClintock, Lois Kaufman, Audrey Zook, Brenda
Genzlinger, Judy Gibson, and Shirley Dheskali.
The reunion began in the "party room" of the Hyatt on the afternoon of May 22. Several of the women rented a suite of three
bedrooms with an adjoining room where Jackie passed out folders with information for the reunion.
In the center of the front lawn is a statue of William Penn. John Penn, William's
grandson, found it in an antique shop in London and presented to the Hospital
1804. Legend has it that William Penn's ghost leaves the statue and walks the
grounds of the Hospital at night.
Jackie (youngest classs member) and Shirely
Jackie and Anne, first year
|Kim, Brenda, Betty, and Esther
|Kim, Brenda, Betty, Esther, Jane, Judy, Shirley, and Mary
There was a lot of emotion that afternoon. Several people mentioned how much they feared coming to the reunion and how
happy they were that they made the effort. Several participants had not seen their classmates for fifty years. Some would not
have come were it not for the encouragement of their husbands.
The husbands who attended had a great time being spectators and watching this joyous and very emotional occasion.
That evening many of the
reunion participants walked
over to Market Street for a
Philly Cheese Steak sandwich.
Shirley and Suiling.
Peg, Dick, Audrey, and Jackie
|Sue, Susan, Judy, and Claudia
|Shirley, Suiling, Sue, Brenda, and Paul
|Back at the hotel at Penn's landing
Peggy, Jackie, and Carol
|The next morning the group assembled at the hospital, most walking over from the hotel.
Brenda, Paul, Claudia, and John
|Claudia, Carol, and Betty
Stacy Peeples, archivist and historian at Pennsylvania Hospital, greeted the group.
This painting of “Christ Healing the Sick in the Temple” was painted by Benjamin West in 1815.
The painting was delivered to the Hospital in 1817 and was displayed in a picture house created especially for it. West donated
the painting to the Hospital in the memory of his wife of 53 years, Elizabeth, who was also a Philadelphia native. It is said that this
was the first piece of fine art available to be seen by the general population in colonial America. The painting attracted 30,000
visitors during the first 12 months it hung in the picture house at Pennsylvania Hospital. Admission fees over the next 25 years
paid for the picture house and added $15,000 to the Hospital's funds.