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PA COLLEGE / PHILANTHROPY
New Nurse Mary James
IN MEMORIAM:
Mary James Risk '37 (1914-2021)
Mary James graduated from West
Lampeter High School in 1933, and the
following year she began her nursing
studies at the then-Lancaster General
Hospital School of Nursing. " We wore
black stockings and black
shoes. We worked 12-hour
shifts with two hours off
for study, sleep, personal
laundry, or visits, " she
recalled of those early
days. After graduating in
1937, she pursued general
and private duty nursing
and in 1940, married
Robert Risk (d. 2009), a
teacher. The couple had
two daughters, Jean
Robinson and Lois
Goodrich.
She retired from her
private duty nursing role
in 1974. The following year,
Bob Risk also retired,
after working for 25 years in the
Montgomery County School
system. In 1983, the Risks moved
to the Willow Valley Retirement
LGH School of Nursing, Class of 1937. James is seated in first row, far right.
co-founded a nurses' group, inviting
her peers to gather at her apartment.
What started as a social event evolved
into much more, becoming an annual
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Community, where Mary volunteered
as a receptionist at the front entrance
and later at the Welcome Center.
When Mary realized how many retired
nurses resided at Willow Valley, she
Willow Valley-sponsored activity,
including lunch and a guest speaker
whose presentation helped the retired
nurses stay current in their profession.
In 1994, Mary and Bob
Risk generously established
The Mary James Risk '37
Scholarship fund at PA
College, helping future
nurses like Mary achieve
their dreams. In addition to
this scholarship fund, Mary
proudly supported her alma
mater for many years as a
Lifetime Alumni member.
More than eight decades
after she earned her nursing
degree, we had the pleasure
of giving Mary and her
son-in-law, Boyd Robinson,
a tour of our new campus
in 2018. Mary passed away
earlier this year at the age
of 106. n

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