School of Nursing alumna celebrates 100 years
Marilyn Herrmann, PhD, RN, dean of Loma Linda University’s School of Nursing, visits with Leanora Amelia Schmederman Frushone on her 100th birthday. Ms. Frushone is a 1957 graduate of the School of Nursing.
When Leanora Amelia Schmederman Frushone was born on July 5, 1907, there were only 45 states in the Union, and Theodore Roosevelt was president. For those that were lucky enough to have cars, gasoline cost 18 cents a gallon.
Ms. Frushone has given most of her life to the practice of nursing, and has seen many things change over the years.
“We have come so far in nursing,” she says. “Since World War II, nursing has made tremendous strides.”
According to Ms. Frushone, the greatest thing that happened in her lifetime were the invention of penicillin and antibiotics.
Ms. Frushone was a 1957 graduate of the bachelor’s degree in nursing program at Loma Linda University’s School of Nursing.
“One of the most impressive things I learned at Loma Linda was praying for patients,” she says.
According to Ms. Frushone, she never once had a patient refuse her offer to pray.
After working for 32 years as a nurse at Patton State Hospital in Patton, California, Ms. Frushone retired and is now living in Redlands.
In celebration of her 100th birthday, she received congratulatory cards from President George W. Bush, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the mayor of Redlands.
By Dustin R. Jones, MA