2020 Giving Highlights

Year after year, our donors move us with their kindness and generosity, and we are so grateful to every one of them. Here are a few of their stories. 

Help for Children in Distress

A transformative gift supports pediatricians with the resources they need to immediately address the behavioral health issues they see in their patients.

New Professorship Supports Cancer Research

For more than 30 years, Kenneth Weg D’60 and his wife, Carol Weg, have been on the frontlines of cancer treatment and prevention, both personally and professionally. Through a generous gift, they established the Kenneth E. and Carol L. Weg Distinguished Professorship at the Geisel School of Medicine. One of the highest honors in academic medicine, endowed professorships support the work of key faculty in their roles as researcher and teacher. The inaugural recipient of the Weg Professorship is Scott A. Gerber, PhD, professor of molecular and systems biology and of biochemistry and cell biology at Geisel, and program director of the Cancer Biology and Therapeutics Research Program at Dartmouth’s and Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC).

Training Future Pathologists

Marlyn Grossman’s late husband, I. William “Bill” Grossman, MD, was a surgical pathologist who cared deeply about training the next generation of pathologists. A former adjunct faculty member at the Geisel School of Medicine, William also received exceptional care as a patient at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). To honor her husband’s legacy, and in gratitude for his care at DHMC, Marlyn established the I. William Grossman, MD, Student Fellowship Endowment Fund. The fellowship is awarded annually to third- or fourth-year medical students who spend the year rotating through the divisions of surgical pathology, autopsy, and laboratory medicine at DHMC—accomplishing what would normally be expected of first-year pathology residents—and also conducting research.

Alumni Give Relief and Solace

When COVID-19 struck, some medical students were particularly hard hit financially. Their partners or their parents lost jobs. Their childcare was disrupted. Abruptly displaced from clinical rotations, they had to find new housing. Geisel quickly established a student relief fund with 100 percent of the money going to students with critical financial need. Alumni Daniel Lucey D’77, MED’81 and Bonnie Henderson D’89, MED’93 provided the lead gifts—and, through their generosity, they provided all Geisel students with the reassuring knowledge that their school and its alumni would never let them struggle through difficult times alone.

Expanding Access to Expert Care

Nationwide, there is a shortage of specialists for Crohn’s disease. This shortage is especially acute in rural communities—and Northern New England is no exception. Thanks to a grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) will improve access to specialty care for people living with Crohn’s disease in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine by expanding its current telemedicine program for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and creating a Virtual IBD Center. Patients can connect with gastroenterologists with expertise in Crohn’s disease management and treatment and a Crohn’s disease nurse coordinator, and receive additional support from a psychologist, dietician, and a pharmacist.

Supporting Generations of Medical Students

Stu Hanson D’59, MED’60 and his wife, Gail Hanson, included the Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth College in their estate plans, then decided they wanted to do something with immediate impact. In 2013, they established endowed scholarships at Geisel and the College. Now, in response to the current economic crisis and increasing student need—and in response to the College’s campaign goal of securing $500 million for scholarships to support graduate and undergraduate students—the Hansons have made significant additional contributions to their original funds. Growing in perpetuity, endowed funds benefit students today and generations of students to come.

Protecting Our Children

The Child Advocacy and Protection Program (CAPP) at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) takes care of our most vulnerable population—children who may be victims of abuse or neglect. CAPP provides crucial services and individualized treatment to hundreds of children a year, while health insurers cover this care at a rate of only about 10 percent. Ken and Vickie French have helped bridge this gap since 2007 with leadership gifts and in 2020, in recognition of their ongoing generosity, the program was named The Ken and Vickie French Child Advocacy and Protection Program.

By Our Community, For Our Community

In response to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) launched the COVID-19 Community Relief Fund in March to support safety net organizations throughout the region. The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation initiated fundraising with a pledge to match the first $50,000 in gifts, and two other matching challenges followed—a $25,000 pledge from the Lebanon, N.H.-based business ImmuNext and a $10,000 pledge from an anonymous donor. Almost $500,000 has been donated by over 730 members of our community, for our community, and the funds have been distributed to food shelves and soup kitchens, senior centers and homeless shelters, mental health and substance use treatment organizations, and other social service agencies.