"Providing philanthropic support to Midland Memorial Hospital since 1945"
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Midland Memorial Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation organized exclusively for the benefit of Midland Memorial Hospital. Governed by a volunteer board, the Foundation was established in 1945 for the purpose of raising funds for a community hospital. Since Midland Memorial Hospital opened in 1950, the Foundation has been active in securing additional gifts for the expansion of the physical plants, purchase of new equipment, and initiation of valuable new programs and services.
The hospital was established by prominent community leaders with one mission, "to make quality healthcare available in this region". It was built with funds donated by individuals, corporations and foundations as a nonprofit, community-based hospital, offering medical care to all Midlanders, regardless of their ability to pay.
The Foundation's Board of Governors recognize that philanthropy will not only continue to play a significant role in providing funds for Midland Memorial Hospital but that the benevolence of donors will become the critical link between community and regional needs and the quality of care provided.
Midland Memorial Foundation gratefully acknowledges a rich history of philanthropic support and is committed to broadening our fundraising efforts so Midland Memorial Hospital can continue to meet the health care needs of a growing and dynamic community and region.
We invite you to explore our site to find out more about our current projects, special events and how you can support the mission of Midland Memorial Hospital.
Midland Memorial Foundation was established in 1945 by community volunteers committed to raising the funds for Midland's first hospital. Successful in that endeavor, the Foundation has continued to fulfill its primary mission "to help promote and maintain excellence in the delivery of health care in Midland". The mission includes: 1) helping friends of the hospital reach their own goals through philanthropic giving to Midland Memorial Hospital, 2) working with physicians and hospital administration to identify projects which lend themselves to philanthropic fund raising and 3) aiding the volunteer Board of Governors to build a significant Endowment Fund which will ensure that quality health care continues to be available to the people of Midland County.
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Board of Governors
Joseph I. O'Neill, III
Vice-Chairman, Past Chairman
Suzy Starr Boldrick
|Glenn A. Rogers, D.D.S.
H. Eugene Abbott
Barry A. Beal
Rosalind Redfern Grover
Cadell S. Liedtke
James M. Alsup
Nancy R. Anguish
Frank K. Cahoon
L. Decker Dawson
| Mary W. deCompiegne
Richard R. Gibson
Arden R. Grover
Paula A. Henry
Bob L. Jones
Mary B. Kennedy
Ann M. Kleine
W.W. LaForce, Jr.
Paul L. Morris
Betty W. Sumner
Cyril Wagner, Jr.
Charles M. Younger, M.D.
|Gregory W. Bartha, M.D.
|H.G. Bedford, Jr.
|Thomas M. Bruner
|Mrs. Patricia Ann Estes
|John C. Dorn
|Edwin H. Magruder, Jr
|Mrs. Donald E. O'Shaughnessy
|W. F. Pennebaker |
| Charles H. Priddy
|Clarence Scharbauer, Jr.
Honorary Board of Governors
|Lawrence F. Buxton, M.D.
|Mrs. John R. Dorr,
|Lanny G. Ice, Sr.,
|Terry Schul, D.D.S.,
Devin Alsup, Chairman
|David B. Grover
|John R. Norwood
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Meet Our Philanthropy Team
"Perhaps you would like to tour one of Midland Memorial Hospital's facilities or learn more about one of our many services or programs. Maybe you have a question about your giving record with the Foundation or would like to learn more about our giving opportunities. You may simply have a suggestion to share or a change of address or other information that needs updating in our records. Midland Memorial Foundation's Philanthropy Team invites your call at any time, because we welcome every opportunity to assist each of our current and future donors."
Barbara Tom Jowell, Executive Director
Introducing our staff...
Barbara Tom Jowell
Tricia Jowell Cobb
Associate Executive Director
Scholarship Administrator/Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper
Grant Specialist/Planned Giving Coordinator
The Midland Memorial Foundation offices are located on the second floor in the Medical Office Building.
For more information or to contact the Foundation call (432) 682-1468 or (432) 685-1569 or by fax at (432) 682-2609 or (432) 685-6979.
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Faces of Philanthropy
"People of Extraordinary Generosity"
Mr. & Mrs.
Hal C. Peck
Their Pioneering Spirit Continues
to Impact Many
In late 2010, Midland Memorial Foundation
received a very special phone call. As Bogart said, “This
is the stuff dreams are made of...”
Unbeknownst to MMF, Mr.
and Mrs. Hal C. Peck had created a planned gift, which would
benefit three organizations: Midland Memorial Foundation, Midland
College, and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. The resulting gift
to Midland Memorial Foundation will establish the Hal and Sweetie
Peck Endowment Fund which will benefit patients at Midland
Memorial Hospital for generations to come. This named endowment
will provide patient programs and services, state-of-the-art
medical equipment and technology, and staff programs targeting
Hal C. Peck married Josie Fay Jones,
later known to everyone as Sweetie Peck, on March 31, 1929
in Amarillo. They moved to Midland, TX in 1933 to the old
Railroad Ranch in Southwest Midland County which was deeded
to Mrs. Peck by her father, the day before her wedding. In
1936 they built their first home on Missouri Street in Midland,
Sweetie Peck was the only woman to
ever serve on the Texas Game, Fish and Oyster Commission before
it merged with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. She was
instrumental in establishing well known social organizations
in Midland, including the Girl Scouts and the YMCA and she
served as president of many organizations such as the Midland
Woman’s Club, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the League
of Women Voters.
Mrs. Peck also helped organize the
Midland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and served as an original
member on the MMH Board of Trustees. In 1959, Sweetie was
appointed to the Board of Governors of Midland Memorial Foundation
and served in that capacity until her death in 1963.
was a successful rancher and oilman. He also served a number
of years as a special Texas Ranger through appointment by the
Department of Public Safety. In the early 1950s, Hall and
Stewart Drilling Company and General American Oil Company of
Texas drilled the Josie Fay Peck No.1 and discovered Midland
County’s first deep commercial oil production on the Peck Ranch.
General Ernest O. Thompson, chairman of the Texas Railroad
Commission, insisted the site be called the Sweetie Peck Field.
Mr. Peck died in 1971 at the age of 72.
Mr. and Mrs. Peck led remarkable lives and were pioneers not
only in the oil and ranching industries, as well as political
and social activism realms, but also in leaving a lasting legacy
of philanthropy. This planned gift will provide a perpetual
reminder of their deep commitment to the community they loved,
and enable Midland Memorial Hospital to continue its legacy of
compassionate, high-quality healthcare. We are very thankful
for the Hal and Sweetie Peck Endowment Fund, and we are proud
to honor them as pillars in the Midland community.
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Patti and Watson LaForce, Jr. Establish the LaForce
Family Endowment Fund
Over the years, friends and loved ones have had the joy of
gathering together before the lens of Watson LaForce’s trusty
camera, knowing Patti LaForce would be by in a few days to
deliver the prints! This thoughtful couple has once again
shown their giving spirit by establishing the LaForce Family
Endowment Fund at Midland Memorial Foundation.
The LaForce family moved to Midland from Los Angeles, California
in 1937 when Watson was only four years old. Later Watson
graduated from New Mexico Military Institute and then graduated
from the University of Oklahoma as a Petroleum Engineer.
While at OU, Watson met the love of his life, Patti, and the
two were married on September 22, 1956. Patti returned with
Watson to his home town of Midland where he went to work for
Conoco as an Engineer, and then spent three years in the Air
Force as a pilot and retired as a captain. Watson later worked
as a loan officer at First National Bank. Together, Patti and
Watson have four children, two girls, and two boys who were
born in Midland Memorial Hospital. They now have eight grandchildren,
four of whom live in Midland.
Patti and Watson have been active in many organizations, especially
in The First Presbyterian Church. Patti has shared her love
of music and encouraging children by serving in every area
of the children’s choir. Currently Patti plays the piano in
children’s chapel every Sunday as well as accompanying the
choir on Wednesdays for more than thirty years. Throughout
the years, Watson has served as a Teacher, Elder, and Deacon
in the church. They also helped start Young Life and Community
Bible Study in Midland, MHMR for both Midland and Odessa, and
Watson spent seventeen years on the Hillander School board
Watson’s father, W.W. LaForce, Sr., was an avid supporter
of MMH, and in 1980, Watson continued the work of his father
by accepting an appointment to the Board of Governors. For
the past 31 years, Watson has faithfully and energetically
served our Hospital. Watson says that he is pleased to serve
“on this exciting board and enjoys every meeting…”!
Patti and Watson are committed to ensuring that the future of
MMH is preserved for generations to come. The LaForce Family
Endowment Fund will provide a perpetual resource for patient
programs, state-of-the-art medical equipment and technology,
and staff programs targeting patient care. “We are thrilled
to be a part of the magnificent expansion that is being constructed
as a memorial to our city and its incredible citizens,” Watson
and Patti explained. “Our La Force Family Endowment Fund was
created as a small token of our love and appreciation for the
great city and hospital!” The LaForce Family Endowment Fund
is a perfect way for friends and loved ones to honor Patti and
Watson LaForce for their unique enthusiasm for community and
dedication to Midland Memorial Hospital.
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News & Events
A Man You Could Always “Count On”
3, 2011, Midland Memorial Hospital and the entire community
of Midland, Texas lost a dear friend and one of its greatest
supporters with the death of Harvey Herd. At his memorial
service, Harvey’s son, Tevis, recalled that Harvey would
respond to a need by saying, ‘Count me in’! In fact, Harvey
could always be counted on to give guidance, encouragement
or financial support. He had a gracious way of helping others
that is unmatched to this day.
Harvey was born
October 27, 1915 to Eloise Shropshire Herd and John Tevis
Herd in Post, Texas. He graduated from New Mexico Military
Institute and University of Colorado with a B.A. degree in
Geology. He came to Midland in 1937 as an oil and gas scout
and geologist for the Standard Oil Company of Texas.
married Harriet Daniel Herd on March 10, 1940 and together
they raised three wonderful children, Tevis, Claire and Dan.
Harvey served as a captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World
War II, including 20 months in Italy with the 15th Air Force,
465th Bomber Group.
Noted for his
“unfailingly polite manner”, Harvey was a celebrated civic
leader who served on numerous boards including United Way,
Midland Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts of America, and Holy
Trinity Episcopal Church, to name only a few. In 2001, Harvey
received the “Top Pioneer” award from the Permian Basin Petroleum
Pioneers. The Association of Fund Raising Professionals
recognized Harriet and Harvey as the Outstanding Philanthropic
Family in 2003.
Elected to the
Midland Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees in 1951, Harvey
served as Chairman of the Trustees until he was elected to
the Board of Governors in 1958. He served faithfully for
many years before joining the distinguished Governors Emeriti,
where he remained until his death.
Time and time
again, Harvey’s “count me in” attitude benefitted our community
Hospital. Beginning in 1946 with the first capital campaign
to build the original hospital, Harvey contributed to every
MMH campaign whether it be for buildings, renovations or
equipment. His wisdom and support was always welcomed, especially
during the difficult times.
In early 2011, Harvey established the Herd Family Endowment Fund
at Midland Memorial Foundation. MMF is honored to be among those
entities named by the Herd family for friends and loved ones
wishing to make memorial tributes to Harvey. The impact of Harvey’s
lifelong work will forever be remembered in Midland, and his
friendship and encouragement will be greatly missed by all.
Her Planned Gift Perpetuates Her Life’s Passion
Foundation is honored to learn that Billie Ruppe, a lifelong
friend and supporter, bequeathed a portion of her estate to
Midland Memorial Foundation. In order to honor her passion
for nursing, this planned gift will benefit the MMF Nursing
Education Fund which provides scholarships for nurses who desire
to pursue advanced degrees in nursing.
Billie Gieger was born
in Talco, Texas on February 5, 1930 to Murtis Thomas and Bernard
Gieger. She graduated from Sisters of St. Josephs School of
Nursing in Ponca City, Oklahoma, and began working as a Registered
Nurse at Midland Memorial Hospital in 1951. Billie was one
of the most gifted and innovative nurses Midland Memorial Hospital
has ever known. She was on the cutting edge of nursing education
and health care from the very beginning of her career, and
stood out among her peers as one of the very best.
Billie travelled to Sioux City, Iowa on assignment for the
Red Cross responding to the call for experienced polio nurses.
She returned to Midland, and in 1955 she married Joseph Bosch
Ruppe and had 4 children.
Billie became the Director of the
first Licensed Vocational Nursing School at Midland Memorial
Hospital in 1956. Every member of her first class passed their
board exam on the first attempt, which was unheard of at the
time. Billie’s peers describe her as a versatile nurse who
was skilled in the emergency room, operating room, or any other
specialty department. MMH could always depend on Billie Ruppe
to provide leadership and mentoring in order to cultivate a
very capable nursing staff.
When Mrs. Ruppe left
Midland Memorial Hospital to raise her children, she turned
her efforts to the Hospital Auxiliary. Even though she was
no longer employed as a nurse, Billie’s love for nursing kept
her from allowing her credentials to lapse. She could always
be seen with the latest issue of a nursing journal in hand,
and faithfully maintained her education and training throughout
In 1981 she travelled
to Saudi Arabia to open new hospitals as the head of nursing.
Billie was co-founder and CEO of We Care Home Health Agency,
the first of its kind in Midland, Texas. She contributed to
healthcare law by advising congressional leaders on pressing
issues related to nursing. Nursing was more than a career for
Mrs. Ruppe; nursing was her lifelong calling and influenced
every facet of her life.
Midland Memorial Foundation is grateful for the foresight and
wise planning of our dear friend. Billie’s many contributions
to healthcare in Midland, Texas will continue to benefit one
and all because of the lasting legacy created through her planned
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Memorial Forum, organized by Midland Memorial Foundation, was established to unite a growing group of Midland's young, emerging leaders who share Midland Memorial Hospital's mission to ensure caring, quality health care for all community members, regardless of their ability to pay.
The Memorial Forum, while not a fundraising support group, will develop ideas that will strengthen the work of Midland Memorial Foundation. The Forum will serve the community by offering young professionals the opportunity to:
- work directly with healthcare professionals on issues facing the future of health care;
- provide a voice for their generation in the future of health care in the Permian Basin; and
- return to the community with information and advocacy.
The Forum will also afford its members an opportunity to network and gain exposure to a variety of issues impacting Midland Memorial and the health care industry.
The Foundation welcomes this dedicated group of young leaders who will help pave the way for the future of health care at Midland Memorial Hospital.
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Ways to Give
Any individual, corporation, foundation or other organization
may make a gift payable to the Midland Memorial Foundation.
Gifts or bequests obtain the maximum tax benefits for the
donor. All gifts made remain at the Foundation and are used
for the sole benefit of Midland Memorial Hospital and the
area the hospital serves.
If you would like to
become a member of the Midland Memorial Hospital family of
supporters, you may choose which way of giving is best for
you. Gift giving or gift planning will perpetuate the medical
excellence at our community hospital. If you need more information,
please contact Midland Memorial Foundation's Executive Director,
Barbara Tom Jowell at (432) 682-1468 or (432) 685-1569, by
e-mail at email@example.com or
mail to 2200 W. Illinois Avenue, Midland, Texas 79701.
WAYS TO GIVE
Ways you can give to Midland Memorial Foundation:
Please complete a Gift
Form and mail it with your check or money order to Midland
Memorial Foundation, 2200 W. Illinois Avenue, Midland, Texas
Online credit card donations with Visa, Mastercard or Discover
can be made by clicking on the Make
a Donation button or call (432) 682-1468 or (432) 685-1569
to make your gift over the phone.
Gifts can be made over multiple years to allow a donor
to budget a more significant contribution. To make a multi-year
pledge to Midland Memorial Foundation, please complete a Gift
Form , designate as a pledge and mail it to the Foundation.
Gifts of Appreciated
Stock or Real Estate
One of the most efficient methods of giving is by transferring
appreciated assets to Midland Memorial Foundation. If you own
real estate that has appreciated in value through the years,
and if to sell would result in a sizable capital gains tax, you
can make an outright gift by deed to the Foundation. Click here
to learn more about Gifts
of Appreciated Stock or Real Estate . If you are interested
in making a gift of appreciated assets or real estate, please
contact Barbara Tom Jowell, Executive Director of Midland Memorial
Foundation at (432) 682-1468 or (432) 685-1569.
TYPES OF GIVING
Click an underlined topic to learn more about each
and Honorariums - You can make a gift in memory or in
honor of a special person.
for Specific Programs - You can restrict your gift to
a particular Midland Memorial Foundation campaign or program.
i.e. the Endowment Fund or Nursing Scholarship.
Support - You can make a gift to be directed by the Midland
Memorial Foundation's Board of Governors to wherever the
need or opportunity is greatest.
Giving - You can include Midland Memorial Foundation
in your will or in gifts that provide you income for your
Endowed Fund - This fund enables you to establish a fund
bearing your name and directed by you. It is also a wonderful
way to honor or memorialize a beloved family member or a
treasured friend. A named endowed fund allows you to be creative
as you establish a perpetual means of honoring your family
or loved ones while generously supporting Midland Memorial
Hospital for generations to come.
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Make a Donation
Gifts of all sizes and types are important to Midland Memorial Foundation. Your gift is an investment in the medical excellence and patient care that distinguishes our community hospital.
Click on the Make A Donation button to send your online donation using Visa, Mastercard or Discover or click on the "Gift Form" link to print the form and mail your contribution. If you have any questions concerning this gift giving process, please call the Foundation office at (432) 685-1569.
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