Hoschar said the gift would change how students learn at UC and will enhance the education program.
"UC students will enter the workforce having actually done chest compressions, learned how to use electronic medication dispensers, looked for signs of disease processes and watched a patient begin to sweat and have the ability to react when they leave [the school]," Hoschar said.
"By obtaining this lab, the nursing program at UC has entered the space age of technology and the graduates of this program will be able to step into patient-care settings having computer knowledge," she said. "Actual patient situations are sometimes hard for instructors to teach at a hospital but, here, we'll have the ability to talk about what happened, what was right and what was wrong."
Brown said Judge Smith told her many times, "'Being a nurse is an admirable profession.'
"The first time I heard it years ago, it kind of took me aback, because my Uncle Bob was kind of a real-life superhero to me," Brown said. "I found it funny that he picked nurses. Why not astronauts or neurosurgeons?"
Brown said she recalled her uncle reading her doubt and went on to explain himself.
"'Good nurses are selfless; they have to be in their work,'" Brown remembers her uncle saying. "'They have to have compassion every minute of the day, no matter what is going on in their personal life or if they got chewed out a few minutes ago by a patient's family or a doctor or a boss, they still have to have a smile on their face and when they come to you, the next patient. They have to make you feel like you are the only patient they saw that day and you are the whole world to them.'"
Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Thomas McHugh and U.S. District Judge Irene Berger, a UC Board of Trustees member, attended the event Friday and recalled the Smiths.
"They were distinguished, yet humble," McHugh said. "They were dedicated to strong core beliefs . . . and they were always loyal friends."
Robert Smith was a World War II veteran and a graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law. He retired in 1986 after 24 years of judicial public service but continued to work as a mediator and senior-status judge.
"Smith was made to be a judge," Welch said. "He had the right blend of firmness, compassion and fairness. Above all else, he was just a decent man. As is often said, but rarely seen, he was a gentleman and a gentle man. His family's legacy will live for many years at the University of Charleston."
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