Level 2 students:
Sister Blanche McDonnel Scholarship $500: John Spooner
Sister Blanche was the director of the School of Nursing from 1963 to 1980. Her innovative leadership was pivotal for the school, paving the way to create the modern Charity School of Nursing of today. She changed the face of the student body by enrolling African Americans, men and married students. She was the force behind the construction of the Education Building in the 1970s. She passed away in 2012 at the age of 92. The Alumni Association established this scholarship to honor this extraordinary nurse and educator.
Margaret Robichaux Elliott Scholarship $500: Trevor Williams
Margaret Elliott graduated from Charity in 1949. She was a staff nurse on the urology ward at Charity, and head nurse on orthopedics. She had six children, volunteered for the Red Cross Blood Bank and assisted in my husband's medical practice. Margaret now lives in Florida, and says, “I have wonderful memories of Charity Hospital and the sisters that taught me. I loved being a nurse and am grateful for the education I received.” Margaret’s very generous donations make this scholarship possible.
Sister Laurentia Walsh Scholarship $500: Zachary Pichon
Sister Laurentia Walsh was a Daughter of Charity and was loved by everyone who knew her. She served as the night supervisor of nurses at Charity Hospital for 31 years, working seven days a week. She made rounds of the hospital every night, to every floor, pushing a cart filled with sandwiches, snacks and drinks which she would give out to the night shift. Even after being confined to a wheelchair, she continued to work at the hospital, visiting patients in the wards. She passed away in 1973 at Charity Hospital. The Alumni Association dedicates this scholarship to the memory of this nurse known as the “Angel in White.”
Nancy Carol Rodgers Scholarship $500: Tara Brown
Nancy graduated from Charity School of Nursing in 1983 after having raised five children. She loved being a nurse and worked in all areas of the hospital. She attempted to retire a few times, but this only lasted about a week as she just loved working as a nurse and missed being a part of that. She finally retired after more than 35 years of nursing at age 75, and passed away a year later. This scholarship was created by her family to honor the commitment she had to the nursing profession.
Level 3 students:
Hugh and Maria Garcia Roach Scholarship $1000: Maggie LeBlanc
Maria Garcia was born in Mexico, graduated from Charity Hospital School of Nursing in 1938 and trained as a Nurse Anesthetist at Charity Hospital. She went on to teach anesthesia to medical students and physicians at Tulane University School of Medicine. She earned her private pilot license in 1938 at the New Orleans Municipal Airport, and in World War II joined the Army Air Corps Medical Air Evacuation system and received her military pilot wings. She served in North Africa, Asia and Europe as a nurse and relief pilot and later became an instructor in air evacuation. A decorated Army Air Corps officer, Maria continued to serve her country in the State Department after the war. Maria’s husband Hugh Roach was a British Foreign Service officer and became a United Nations representative for Canada. When Hugh died, Maria created a scholarship fund in both their names at Charity School of Nursing. Maria passed away last year at 102.
Leona Kruebbe Hilbert Scholarship $500: Allison Solino
Leona Hilbert graduated from Charity Hospital School of Nursing in 1946, and later served as an Assistant Instructor at Charity. Upon her death in 2013, her family created the Leona Hilbert Scholarship at Charity School of Nursing in her honor. When her husband Dr. Gerard Hilbert died a short time later, donations in his honor his name were added to the scholarship. The family has now created an Endowed Scholarship to support Charity students for years to come.
Sister Camilla Gaudin Scholarship $500: Laurie Siekkinen
Sister Camilla Gaudin joined the Daughters of Charity in 1935. She served as supervisor of the orthopedic department at Charity Hospital for 32 years, then spent another 18 years at Charity Hospital serving as patient liaison. Though not a graduate of the School of Nursing, Sister Camilla was named an Honorary Member of the CHSN Alumni Association. Sister Camilla died in 2010, and a scholarship was established by Charity alumni who had worked with Sister Camilla in honor of this beloved member of the Charity community.
Level 4 students:
Marcelle Jacobs Wright Scholarship $500: Brandi Borden
Marcelle Jacob Wright graduated in 1941, during the Second World. She joined the Navy Nurse Corps and was sent to the South Pacific Theater where she tended casualties of some of the worst battles of that war, including Guadalcanal. She later worked in the VA Hospital caring for the veterans of her own generation and new generations as well. Marcelle and her husband Joseph passed away in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This scholarship in her memory was established by Marcelle’s family.
Mary Ann Signorelli Whynot Scholarship $500: Kasey Hall
Mary Ann Signorelli was part of the Cadet Nurse Corps and graduated in 1946. She served as ship’s nurse on Navy transports carrying displaced persons from Europe to the US, Canada, Australia and South America after World War II, and that’s where she met a navigation officer named Richard Whynot, her future husband. They both served in the US Army and Navy Military Sea Transportation Services during the Korean War. Mary Ann worked as a nurse at Charity Hospital, and hospitals around the country. She passed away in 2003 and Richard created a scholarship for Charity nursing students in her memory. Richard passed away last year, and his family asked that donations in his honor be made to Mary Ann’s Scholarship.
Joycelyn Jeansonne Scholarship $500: Amanda Weinberger
This scholarship was established by Dr. Kevin Jeansonne, the spouse of Joycelyn Jeansonne, who graduated in 1978, and is an active member and leader in the Alumni Association. Dr. Jeansonne firmly believes in the importance of scholarships to help dedicated students and he felt that the Alumni Association should offer more of them. He committed to supporting this scholarship every semester. Though not limited to students interested in pursuing a career in Pediatrics, the scholarship seeks to encourage those students because of Joycelyn’s love of that field.
Suzy Andry Scholarship: Mira Bull
Suzy graduated from Charity Hospital School of Nursing in 1959, and from Charity Hospital’s School of Anesthesia. She has served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, as Executive Director, and as President for five years – including during the tumultuous time of Hurricane Katrina. Suzy steered the Alumni Association through rebuilding its database and rescheduling our Homecoming Celebration after the storm, starting the Senior Lunch on Professional Issues Day, and dramatically growing our scholarship offerings. She is also active in the community in Head Start reading programs, with the Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club. Suzy’s classmate Dr. Maxine Jones established this scholarship in recognition of Suzy’s leadership.
Althea Betty Swanson Scholarship: Ahoefa Agbobli
Betty Swanson worked as a teacher for sixteen years, then at the age of 50, she decided to become a nurse. She graduated from LSU School of Nursing in 1993 and was President of her class. Betty began her second career as a nurse at Lakeside Hospital and retired in 2010 as the House Supervisor. Betty passed away last April at the age of 76. Betty’s family decided to honor her by helping a deserving nursing student who, like Betty, had chosen to become a nurse as a second career. Betty was the sister of CSN faculty member Ann Dieck ’80.
Sally Cooper Alumni Association Scholarship $1000: William Pellegrin
This scholarship was established by the Alumni Association in honor of Sally Cooper, Class of ‘59. Sally taught at Charity Hospital School of Nursing for many years and, in 1980, became Director of the School of Nursing. She was the first Director who was also a Charity graduate. Sally led the school through the merger of Charity Hospital School of Nursing with Delgado Community College, creating the Charity School of Nursing of today. Sally is remembered for her leadership and dedication to the school, its students, faculty and staff. She was also an active member of our Alumni Association for many years.
Sally retired in 1992, and the Cooper Scholarship was established by the Alumni Association so that she could enjoy our appreciation of all she did for Charity while she was alive. Sally passed away in 2012 and she is still greatly missed.
Level 4 Pin Awards
Kirk LaVasseur ‘79 Pin Award: Casey Chance
This Pin Award has been made possible a generous donation from one of our alumni and Board Members, Ms. Charlene Berger, in honor of her classmate Kirk LeVasseur, a 1979 graduate of Charity. Known to his friends as “Doc,” Kirk had a real calling to help others. He worked in the Orleans Parish Prison while he was in nursing school and continued there after graduation. He worked in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, in psychiatric nursing, and was a school nurse. He was also well known as a youth sports coach. He always made sure that the kids came first and worked to be a positive influence on them. Charlene says “Doc always had a wonderful smile and a twinkle in his eye.”
Marie Gaudet Beaulieu ’46 Pin Award: Brandon Filerman
Marie was a 1946 graduate of Charity Hospital School of Nursing. She was in the Cadet Nurse Corps and later worked for many years at Montelepre and Mercy Hospitals. Marie could be counted on to attend every Charity Alumni Association event. She passed away in August and Bobbie Bartee made a generous donation to create this pin award in her memory. Marie’s daughter Kay Kenney graduated from Charity in 1976. She couldn’t be here today, but she is planning to establish an endowed scholarship in Marie’s honor to benefit Charity nursing students.
Carolyn Schwarz Myers Pin Award: Heather Ney
Mrs. Myers was an energetic volunteer for her community who served as the president of the St. Dominic’s Mother's Club, as a Liturgical and Eucharistic minister and was on the board of the Friends Alliance of the Mentally Ill. She received the Order of St. Louis medallion from Archbishop Phillip Hannan in 1986. She raised nine children, and instilled the value of education in all of them. She was the mother of Charity School of Nursing Dean Dr. Cheryl Myers.