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Cathleen Homrighaus


Cathleen Homrighaus, class of 1971, writes "I was one of the original 18 who enrolled in freshman year and completed the program in 4 years. We only graduated 13 and lost many over the years. I never really looked to see how many of the 18 actually finished but it was definitely less that 8. (We had several transfers into the program and many of then many flunked the Bio and chem that we took with their respective majors. This was not a 'dummied down for nurses' course so we had a lot of fallout)....

"If you need a little info on my army service, I became a member of the Army student nurse program because my grants were being cancelled due tot he bankruptcy of New York City. This was not a time to advertise that you were in the military. This is the time frame of the college riots and sit-ins on campuses all over the country. In fact, in the Spring of 1970, the Cambodian invasion set off many demonstrations and the Albany campus was not left out. I was a resident of Colonial Quad when the fire alarms went off in the early morning and as we left the tower you could see the quad lounge in flames (molotov cocktail in the grand piano) and in subsequent days, you could see other areas in the cafeteria where fires were set but went out on their own (there was one couch near the doors to the tunnel to the tower that was all charred and the flames had almost reached the ceiling. This is how close we came to having a true disaster!). It was a frightening time.

"I began active duty in Sep 1971 with basic training in San Antonio, TX for 2 months and then spent the remainder of my two year at Forth Leonard Wood, MO. I never went to Vietnam or overseas, because it was beginning to wind down and they were not sending as many nurses over. My first son was born at the base hospital because my husband was still stationed there for another year and then he was riffed along with just about every other reserve officer at the end of the war. We would have liked to stay in the service for a while but the army had other plans for us."



Updated June 26, 2001