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Bethel Nursing Alumni

Graduates of the Bethel Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing program, which operated in Newton from 1908-74, and the Bethel College nursing program, which first began admitting students in 1980, are members of the Bethel Deaconess Hospital/Bethel College Nursing Alumni Association (BDH/BCNAA).

BDH/BCNAA provides welcome gifts for junior nursing students and a farewell luncheon for seniors. Nursing alumni are invited to nominate graduates for the Outstanding Nursing Alumnus award by contacting the nursing department. 

Outstanding Nursing Alumnus Awardees

1996 - Carol Koop Farran & Diana Erb Schunn

1997 - Mary Lou Bond & Linda van Asselt King

1998 - Vera Zerger

1999 - Naomi Unruh Rutschman

2000 - Clara Regier Schmidt

2001 - Sara Janzen Regier

2007 - Lynn Unruh

2008 - Arlene Hett

2009 - Gregg Schroeder

2010 - Verda Elaine Epp Deckert

2012 - Marie Voth & Martha Voth


Read about the history of the BDH/BC nursing program, including Marcy Thiesen’s speech, Without the past there can be no future.

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