Mary Nell Harper, Everett, WA, USA
SPU was a different place when I attended in the '40s. The school was smaller then, and I remember having both classrooms and dorm rooms in beautiful old Tiffany Hall.
What hasn't changed is the quality of teaching and the dedication of the professors. I learned to be a nurse/midwife from some of the most committed people I have ever known. International missions and going into the world to transform the lives of others through Christ were major emphases. I saw how nursing and evangelism could work together and that's what took me to Ethiopia and Malawi for more than 40 years of delivering babies and sharing the Good News.
During my time in Africa, I lived frugally and was able to establish an endowment for today's nursing students at SPU. I'm pleased with the good life that God gave me and pray for young people today that many of them will want to help people in circumstances where they are unable to help themselves. This was my life and I have no regrets.
—Mary Nell Harper '48, Retired Missionary