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Gift to CSM Archives Celebrates Alumna Margaret Mary Hampton from College’s First Nurse Graduation Class

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) recently received extraordinary gifts from the estate of CSM alumna Margaret Mary Hampton as overseen by her daughter Carol Zadeh, of Waldorf. Hampton passed away in February and was among the very first Charles County Community College (former CSM) nursing graduation class, even serving as the student representative commencement speaker. Among the treasured items donated to CSM are: A program from the Charles County Community College Department of Nursing’s first graduation ceremony, held Aug. 16, 1976, listing the names of the 20 women who comprised that inaugural class. A blue examination booklet with a hand-written case study of a nine-year-old asthmatic child born in 1967, marked with an “A” grade. A nursing cap– called the “Flossie” in honor of Florence Nightingale – covered with notes from friends. “To a great person who’s also a great nurse. Best wishes for the future!” Dozens of photos that show comradery, studying, and practicing nursing The newly donated items provide an intimate window into what it was like to be a member of CSM’s first class of nursing students. Hampton’s story, though it took place nearly 50 years ago, reflects the familiar path of many CSM’s returning learners: after […]

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