Nursing scholarship honors woman’s compassion, commitment to education

Daily Reporter staff reports

GREENFIELD — An endowed nursing scholarship was created by the family of Patricia Orr Allemeier to honor her memory.

After receiving her nursing diploma in 1956, Patricia Orr’s nursing career began at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, where she quickly came to be recognized for her kindness and compassion.

She and her husband, Paul, moved to Greenfield in 1964, and she began working for Hancock Memorial Hospital as an emergency room nurse and later served as director until 1981. Paul Allemeier’s career took the family to Terre Haute in 1981 and then to Salem in 1987. During this time, Pat Orr Allemeier worked in the emergency department at the hospitals in the respective communities. In 1990 to 1993, Pat Orr Allemeier served as the director of education at the Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford.

Nursing education was Pat Orr Allemeier’s second love. Even though she retired from nursing in 1993, she continued her dedication to helping people in need. The couple returned to Greenfield in 2006 and were members of Trinity Park United Methodist Church. Pat Orr Allemeier had a rich history of volunteering at food pantries and hospitals and continued to do so as a volunteer at the Kenneth Butler Soup Kitchen.

Pat Orr Allemeier passed away Nov. 4 at Hancock Regional Hospital

She considered nursing a service, and although she pro- vided care in various locations, she consistently did so with great compassion. The scholarship named in her honor requires two recommendation letters and an essay attesting to the applicant’s ability to demonstrate caring, compassion and empathy.

Additionally, candidates must be Hancock County residents pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing at an Indiana college or university and have a 3.5 to 4.0 GPA. Financial need also might be considered during the selection process.

If you would like to make a contribution to the scholarship in Pat Orr Allemeier’s memory, please make checks payable to: HCCF — Patricia Orr Allemeier Fund and mail to 312 E. Main St., Greenfield, IN 46143. Online donations can be made at givehc– foundation-funds.

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded at the conclusion of the 2015-16 school year.