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Phillips Beth Israel honors nursing alumni from Class of 1953, 1986

Monday January 23, 2012
Members of Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing Class of 1953 at the Alumni Association's 107th anniversary luncheon at the National Arts Club were, from left, Marilyn Blatt Margolis, Laurel Sherman Stahl, Muriel Pikarsky Mermelstein and Diane James Berin.
Members of Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing Class of 1953 at the Alumni Association's 107th anniversary luncheon at the National Arts Club were, from left, Marilyn Blatt Margolis, Laurel Sherman Stahl, Muriel Pikarsky Mermelstein and Diane James Berin.
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At the annual alumni luncheon at Gramercy Park were Fran Toback Labinger, Class of 1956, left, with classmate Yoko Mayeda Sawanobori. Labinger earned national celebrity status one of the twins featured in a Walgreens flu-shot commercial.
Gramercy's National Arts Club was the setting for the Oct. 23 Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing alumni gathering. Organized by long-time Alumni Association president Rochelle Bokow-Bronson, RN, MA, MEd, Class of 1956, the luncheon honored the Classes of 1953 and 1986.

Carol Phillips Green, mother of PBISN co-chair Janet Green, recalled years of graduation parties hosted by her late father, PBISN benefactor and Beth Israel trustee Seymour J. Phillips, and fondly remembered the school's beloved graduate and dean Rose Muscatine Hauer, RN, MA.

As PBISN co-chair Ruth Nerken, RN, MA, hinted at exciting developments that may usher a major addition to Continuum's hospital network, dean Janet Mackin, RN, EdD, remarked on the progress toward the school's efforts to become a College of Nursing even as it plans to continue offering its ADN program. She also announced that the Class of 2011 achieved a 97% pass rate for first-time NCLEX takers.

Representing the Class of 1953 were Marilyn Blatt Margolis, Laurel Sherman Stahl, Muriel Pikarsky Mermelstein and Diane James Berin; and Kenya Major Beard and Andrea Haye carried the banner for the Class of 1986.

One of the earliest graduates present was Annette Stauber Cohn, Class of 1943, who received accolades for her recently published book, "Out of Time and Place," a memoir of her years as a nursing student. Bronson also cited classmate Frances Toback Labinger, Class of 1956, who has gained fame as one of the twins featured in a flu-shot commercial for Walgreens.

She also lauded the career advancements of several graduates: Lynn Shor Rubenstein, RN-BC, MA, Class of 1967, promoted to PBISN associate dean; Mary Anne Gallagher, RN-BC, MA, Class of 1977, who recently re-joined Beth Israel as patient care services director for quality, practice and standards; and Kathy Kelly Pagliuca, RN, Class of 1971, assistant medical director at United Cerebral Palsy of New York City.