By including a bequest to Mass General in her estate plans, the Rev. Deacon Daphne B. Noyes hopes to instill a spirit of philanthropy in her grandchildren.

“I have faith that my bequest will contribute to the hospital’s priorities, and help bring relief to those who suffer in body, mind or spirit.”

As a patient at bustling Massachusetts General Hospital, retired Bishop William Lawrence, of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, dreamed of “a soothing little sanctuary” where doctors, nurses, patients and visitors could gain comfort and strength.

Years later, his personal appeal to hospital friends raised thousands of dollars while dozens of patients contributed what they could. The dream was realized when the hospital chapel doors opened to the community in 1941.

Today, as the chapel nears its 75th anniversary, the Rev. Deacon Daphne B. Noyes finds meaning in the story of its origins. “Every gift makes a difference,” she notes. “And every donor becomes a vital member of a community that stretches back to the hospital’s beginnings and forward into the future.”

For Deacon Noyes, charitable estate planning is a family affair that began with her own parents.
For Deacon Noyes, charitable estate planning is a family affair that began with her own parents.

Bequest Without Restrictions

Along with her ongoing annual support of Mass General, Deacon Noyes has included the hospital in her estate plans with a bequest provision. Her ultimate gift is without restrictions and will strengthen Mass General’s mission to deliver outstanding patient care, conduct groundbreaking research and train our future caregivers. “I have faith that my bequest will contribute to the hospital’s priorities, and help bring relief to those who suffer in body, mind or spirit,” Deacon Noyes concludes.

For Deacon Noyes, charitable estate planning is a family affair. With their bequests, her mother and father provided for institutions that were important to them. When thinking about her own legacy, she knew it would involve Mass General. It’s where her father trained and served as a chaplain, and where four generations of the family received treatment.

A spiritual caregiver herself at Mass General for two decades, and a staff chaplain since 2004, Deacon Noyes has witnessed firsthand how the hospital touches people’s lives.

Maintaining a Family Tradition

“I am devoted to instilling a spirit of philanthropy in the younger generations.”

“I am devoted to instilling a spirit of philanthropy in the younger generations,” Deacon Noyes adds, referring to her five grandchildren – three of whom were born at Mass General. She is proud that her grandchildren are beginning to support charitable causes they value. “This is an important tradition in our family and I hope to have it carried on,” she says

Through her years of service, ongoing support and her future bequest to Mass General, she certainly honors her past, maintains a family tradition and sets a fine example for the next generation.

Bequests have provided vital support for Mass General throughout its history. To learn more about how you can remember the hospital in your estate plan and create a legacy to advance medicine, please contact us here.