In showing their gratitude to Forman, “the non-Christian leading men joined to erect a memorial. The mission changed the college’s name from Lahore Mission College to Forman Christian College the same year he died.
Forman’s college imparted a sense of unity with its motto of “By love, serve one another.” The Principal of the College in the early 20th century, Rev. Dr. James Caruthers Rhea Ewing, was the first American to receive the British honorific title of “Companion of the Indian Empire” in 1915 when he was also serving as the vice-chancellor of the University of the Punjab.
During the India partition in 1947, the college converted its two hostels into a hospital that served thousands of injured migrants. The first speaker of the Punjab Assembly, Dewan Bahadur S.P. Singha, noted its role in his historic speech of January 20, 1948:
“Before anyone, even before the state, I drew public attention to the injured in Kasur and made an appeal. Christian doctors and nurses arrived in Kasur before anyone else … It was a Christian college which was turned into a hospital where Christian professors and other staff members along with their families day and night took care of the injured.”
In the caring and inclusive spirit of Rev. Dr. Forman, the Lahore United Christian Hospital (UCH) was founded by Church World Service and continued to work in the area after the emergency. The hospital owes its name to the united effort of the Anglican Communion, United Methodist Church, Church of Scotland Mission, West Pakistan Christian Council, United Presbyterian Mission in North America, and Christian Reformed Church to serve Pakistanis irrespective of caste, color or creed.
Soon, the hospital started the School of Nursing. A 1953 Methodist Church report noted, “The government is most cordial toward this work … Since few Moslem girls dare break with the orthodox religious practice of the seclusion of women, most nurses of Pakistan are Christian girls. It is hoped that the Nurses’ Training School at the hospital may become a model institution of its kind.”
In its 1960 report, the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America noted: “The Pakistani government gave 32,000 rupees ($6,743) to the United Christian Hospital in Lahore last year for its nursing school and indicated that this would be an annual grant. ‘We know you turn out the best nurses in the country,’ a government health official told Dr. Rice. ‘So it would be foolish of us not to help you. And we can employ all the nurses you can provide.’”
The first open-heart surgery in Pakistan was performed by Dr. Don Bomes in the UCH in 1965 and in “1969, the first successful replacement of heart valves took place in the hospital.” The college was nationalized in 1972 and remained under government control until March 2003. But its rich heritage set by Dr. Forman in love and humility continues to enrich the culture of Pakistan and imparts the sense of unity, discipline, and service.