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"Remarkable" Volunteer Efforts of Isabelle Harger '33 Highlighted

July 18, 2007

Spring 2006 Arch.jpgJuly 18, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - Isabelle (Haverstick) Harger, a member of DePauw University's Class of 1933, "has been uplifting spirits since she became a Red Cross volunteer in 1959," reports today's Noblesville Ledger. Harger, the longest-serving volunteer at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville, Indiana, says of her patients, "I hope I inspire them to think they can get well and go on with their lives."

Harger, who turns 95 on Friday, "delivers cards, flowers and newspapers to patients on Fridays and Saturdays," writes Betsy Reason. "She exercises four times a week, does crossword puzzles, and reads 150 to 200 books a year. She's active at the First United Methodist Church in Noblesville, belongs to Tri Kappa sorority and in August will host a gathering of the Daughters of the American Revolution ... Jill Fleenor, the hospital's volunteer coordinator, calls Harger remarkable. Harger started the hospital's chaplain program in 1964, was chairman of the Gray Ladies of Riverview from 1964-81 and was one of the original members of the hospital auxiliary board. On her birthday, she'll start the day with 5,910 accumulated volunteer hours."

The text adds, "She attended DePauw University for two years, then married William T. Harger, founding president of the Riverview Hospital's board, in 1931. She and the 1922 NHS graduate were married 63 years."

Read the complete article at the newspaper's Web site.

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