Letters – Nurse wants to know where Obici photos went

Published 6:21 pm Tuesday, June 27, 2023


Recently I made a special trip to the Sentara Obici Hospital to take a nurse friend who was visiting from out of state. I wanted to show her the wall of portraits in the basement corridor. 

This wall is dedicated to the pictures of all Obici graduates since 1951 when the hospital first opened. I have been honored in the past to show that wall to friends and family as I am very proud to have been an Obici trained registered nurse.


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Imagine my dismay when I discovered our pictures were missing. All the classes from 1951-1959 are gone. We helped Obici get started and I bet half of us are still alive. Did they think we were all too old or deceased and would not notice?

Our beloved Director of Nurses Cornelia P. Friend used to have a favorite saying, “Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater.” 

Where are all of the Obici babies of 1951-1959?


Marie Brock Hass, RN 

FNPC Class of 1957