FOREMAN

HAZEL FRANCES EVANS FOREMAN
Winchester, Va. Memorial Hospital School of Nurses' Training
Class of 1928


Submitted by Michael Foreman, son, of Winchester, Va.
(November 2003)

FOREMAN

     Hazel Frances Evans Foreman was the second of four children born to M. A. Evans and Ida Kessel Evans and she was born November 28, 1902 at Frosty Hollow, W. Va. When she was three, her mother died and she was raised for at least four years by her paternal grandparents, Benjamin and Frances Evans. After her father remarried in 1909, she resided with him and his second wife, Pearl Ogden Evans, in Hardy County, first at Kessel and then at Flats, W. Va. She attended one room schools and her father was often her teacher. She worked at Martin, W. Va. and Keyser, W. Va. and attended Shepherd College for at least one semester.
     In February 1925, Hazel entered the nurses' training school at Winchester Memorial Hospital, Winchester, Va. Fifteen entered but she was the only one to graduate. She claimed she was voted best looking and best student of the class. She graduated on June 28, 1927, one year before her formal training ended. She took her state board exams in December 1927 in Richmond and was notified in March 1928 that she had passed. She did private duty nursing until 1930 when she started relief work as a supervisor at Winchester Memorial Hospital. In 1935 she became a fulltime supervisor and worked in that capacity until her retirement on June 30, 1978. She took one three month leave of absence in 1941 and missed about three weeks for illness in her fifty year career. She served as Obstetrical and Surgical Supervisor, and from 1960 until her retirement, she was Evening Supervisor of the hospital, which had become a regional medical center of 400 beds. She did relief supervisory work after retiring and was doing private duty when she died in 1981. While the nurses' training school was in operation, she was clinical teacher for students in surgical nursing.
     Hazel Foreman had "the gift." She never met a stranger and all called her friend. She was able to "hit" a vein better than any nurse or doctor who ever tried and she had an uncanny understanding of human nature. She was also "impish" and believed that rules were made for others.
     Her devotion to her profession and the hospital made her the "Dean" of Nursing services in the area and she was beloved by all nurses, doctors and patients. In 1976, she rode on a float in the Grand Feature Parade of the Apple Blossom Festival, sponsored by the hospital. Her grandson, David, rode with her. She was honored by the hospital on her retirement, receiving numerous gifts, testimonials and recognitions. Paul Harvey carried her story on his daily radio broadcast on June 30, 1978. A nursing scholarship is presented in her name by Winchester Medical Center. A book, "A History of the Training School for Nurses at Winchester Memorial Hospital," written in 1990 by her son, Michael, is dedicated to her.
     Hazel married Ercell O. Foreman on December 22, 1928 in Hagerstown, Maryland. He died November 24, 1953. Both are buried at Ebenezer Christian Church, on State Route 703, west of Gore, Va.

FOREMAN
Official retirement day, 1978.
Continued working part-time until her death, October 12, 1981.

FOREMAN

Mrs. Foreman's school pin, American Red Cross pin, awarded in 1928 upon graduation and passing her state boards; her 25, 30, 35, 40 years service pins and her Diamond 50 year pin, awarded in 1978. Her name badge is also shown.



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