Three coins inspire nursing legacy

December 19, 2008

Evelyn Reynolds Wible Endowed Scholarship established

Three silver dollars signify the fervent and admirable duty of one woman's devotion to caring for others. The coins were used by Darrell Wible to passionately describe his incentive for establishing the Evelyn Reynolds Wible Nursing Scholarship in memory of his wife.

Wible announced the scholarship Wednesday (Dec. 17) at the Indiana State University-affiliated Landsbaum Center for Health Education. A 1949 graduate of Indiana State, Wible depicted his late wife as a professional devoted to both her career as a registered nurse and to her patients. She began her career as a U.S. Navy Cadet nurse, and it was in that program that Evelyn met the most poignant patient in her career.

Wible described how the patient, known only as Mr. Hess by his caregiver, bequeathed all he had in his last wishes to Evelyn in appreciation for the nursing care that she provided. Mr. Hess' gift to his nurse was a trio of silver dollars, dating from 1885 to 1921. Included with the coins was the instruction to never spend them.

Out of these coins grew the inspiration for Wible to establish the endowed scholarship for a nursing student at Indiana State. As a part of the ISU Foundation's March On! Campaign, the scholarship, awarded on an annual basis, covers the tuition, board, fees and books for a senior nursing student.

"We understand the importance of scholarship offerings to our students and are excited about the establishment of the Evelyn Reynolds Wible Scholarship," said Biff Williams, dean of the College of Nursing, Health and Human Performance.

As the first recipient of the Evelyn Reynolds Wible Nursing Scholarship, Christy Bluhm received the opportunity to publicly thank Darrell Wible for his commitment to her education. Bluhm is a junior nursing major from Decatur. At the presentation she also unveiled a commemorative plaque for the scholarship that will be displayed in the nursing building at ISU.

"Christy exemplifies the academic and character qualities we look for in our scholarship recipients," Williams said.

At the conclusion of his remarks during the scholarship announcement, Wible made an emotional presentation that continued the legacy of the three coveted silver dollars. The recipients were his wife's dearest friend, Jackie Hughes, for her commitment to health care and Bluhm, as the first scholarship recipient. The third silver dollar is reserved for the next scholarship recipient.

"Dr. Wible's commitment, love and philanthropic expression is a remarkable story," said Gene Crume, president of the ISU Foundation. "That is what the foundation is all about: connecting our alumni and friends with their interests in the university to help them make a difference in the lives of our students."

Contact: Kim Bloch,communications coordinator, Indiana State University Foundation, 812-237-8875 or kbloch@indstatefoundation.org>kbloch@indstatefoundation.org

Story Highlights

Three silver dollars signify the fervent and admirable duty of one woman's devotion to caring for others. The coins were used by Darrell Wible to passionately describe his incentive for establishing the Evelyn Reynolds Wible Nursing Scholarship in memory of his wife.

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