Bethel College

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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