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Eleanor Loomis

As published in the Alumni Record, Painesville High School, Painesville, Ohio
Compiled and Published by the Painesville High School Alumni Association in 1925

Transcribed by Linda Jeffery, November 2004.

Eleanor Loomis, ’00

How fortunately gifted are those who have a warm outgoing friendliness, an unassuming sincerity, who are always interested in people. All who know Eleanor Loomis would agree that she is one of those whose life is so expressed in terms of human relationships rather than in terms of things. A sympathetic heart, a delicacy of feeling combined with clear cut decision and matter of fact common sense, a touch of humor-all these represent phases of her character.

In action she is practical and energetic. She can get things done. No wonder that Eleanor Loomis is much in demand for executive and committee work. Those who know of her work in Painesville the past few years recall the many and varied positions she held in the community.

After graduating for P.H.S. with the class of 1900 she attended Normal School in Painesville one year. She taught one term after which she entered St. Vincent’s Hospital, Toledo, Ohio where she took a three year’s training course for nurses. She did private nursing for two years and was then called to Cleveland, to take charge of eye work for children in the Baby’s Dispensary at East 35th Street. She remained in this work for five years doing what she could to alleviate the suffering of little children.

Then came the call for volunteer nurses from Lakeside to serve in the World War. Eleanor Loomis understood the need and answered the call. On August 17, 1917 she left this country to devote her time and energy in the service of humanity across the seas.

When near the coast of Ireland their boat was torpedoed by the Germans. Although badly crippled they succeeded in landing safely. They crossed England and the English Channel into France and were stationed in Rou where they cared for the sick and wounded soldiers until the close of the war.

Upon her return to this country in the spring of 1919 Miss Loomis again took up eye work in Cleveland but later accepted a call to Painesville where she worked faithfully as School Nurse, Supervisor of Nurses, and Health Commissioner until October 22, 1923 when she accepted a call from the Head of the National Red Cross to do welfare work in Seattle.

P.H.S. is proud to claim among her graduates one who has ministered to the needs of the suffering and who still keeps before her the ideal of service to humanity.

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