to Benefit Nursing Students
like to thank the staff writers of The Daily
Press, and The
News for the numerous
stories that have
appeared both in editorial pages and on front pages, the story that
appears below was taken from The Bridgeton
Evening News Editorial, Wednesday, October 21, l998
Perhaps, to me, this article says it best....
Random Kind Act Reaps Large
Boyd and Anneliese Garrison Both shun
Boyd was a Dupont Chambers Works research technician who lived quietly
on Hitchner Ave in Bridgeton. Garrison is a Nurse who attended
Cumberland County College and is working at the Vineland Developmetal
But, because the two met--he became ill and Garrison was the hospice
care worker sent to care for him at home [she was an Aide for Hospice
while going to Nursing School at CCC] --The nursing programs at
Cumberland County College and Rowen University will reap the rewards of
a $1 million endowment that Boyd left upon death. Under
for those enrolled in the nursing programs at
the two schools.
The funds are earmarked for nursing scholarships at the two
colleges--with preference going to Bridgeton residents, followed by
those residing in Cumberland County--as well as the purchase of
equipment to run the respective nursing programs. Marianne
memorable and wonderful thing that has happened to our program" since
she has been at the college. Her tenure dates back 24 years. Hoy said
she has had several proposals for new equipmet on a "wish list"--never
expecting to see the list fulfilled. The endowment will mean the wishes
can become reality, she said. She also noted her pride in Garrison, a
former student of hers, for helping to obtain the gift.
It is a gift that will touch the lives of many for a long, long time.
For the Bridgeton and Cumberland County residents seeking a rewarding
career in a field that pays a fairly decent salary, the endowment will
help those interested in nursing but who cannot afford a college
tuition--even one as reasonable as the fee that Cumberland County
Sandra McHenry, chair of the nursing program at Rowan, noted she faces
students every semester who are indicationg they have to leave because
of the high cost.
The endowment certainly brings recognition to the nursing programs at
both CCC and Rowan. Both schools have long taught nursing although
neither is renowned for their programs in that field. Having the
finances not only to attract students via scholarship but to be able to
afford the best equipment through the endowment will certainly boost
While Cumberland County College officials are singing happy tunes
regarding the $1 million gift, they have been tickled as to the type of
product they turned out with Ms. Garrison.
She did her job in rendering care to Boyd at a time when he was ill.
Garrison could have been satisfied in knowing she did her job right.
But she lent a personal touch that obviously struck a cord with Boyd. His one-time attorney William Doherty
as a medic during World War II and has family members in the medical
Still, it was Garrison who touched his emotions in a way to donate $1
million to advance nursing.
"It is instances like this that make nursing worthwhile," Garrison
said. "As nurses, we touch more lives than we realize."
We could not say it any better than she did.
personally would like to extend my heart
felt thank the the family and friends of Mr. George Boyd. For although
I have not reaped any monatory gain, this honor and what Mr. Boyd has
done for the future of mankind means more to me than any thing on this
As nurses we must remember the words of Christ, "Whomsoever giveth a
cup of water in My Name, giveth it unto Me." We must remember and live
these words everyday. This is what nursing is all about. Thank you so
much Mr. George Boyd for I know you are looking down upon us and
You may be gone in body--yes. But you will always be with us in spirit.
all angels with but one wing. It is when we help each other that we can