The Ruth Farrisey, SON '38 Legacy Society

Make a gift for tomorrow by joining the Ruth M. Farrisey, SON ’38 Legacy Society.

The Farrisey Society recognizes those who contribute to MGH Institute of Health Professions through estate, capital, and planned gifts. As the MGH Institute looks forward to its 40th year in 2017, now is a great time to help us plan a legacy of care to ensure our future. (See story below on how one Farrisey Society member is supporting the IHP.)

By remembering MGH Institute of Health Professions in your long-term plans, such as through a bequest in your will, a charitable gift annuity, a charitable trust, or a gift of life insurance or retirement plan assets, you create a legacy that will foster excellence in health care education. Farrisey Society gifts accrue to the general endowment or may be used to benefit specific programs. It is easy to designate MGH Institute of Health Professions as a beneficiary in your estate.

By notifying the Office of Development of your gift commitment, you will be included among the donors recognized by the Farrisey Society. We are deeply grateful for these gifts and know they will enhance the programs and support the people who are part of this great Institute.

For more information about planned giving, please contact:

Clare McCully,
Chief Development Officer 
(617) 724-6399

Creating a Legacy for Future Health Care Professionals

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Victoria J. Gold is committed to providing assistance to educate the next generation of health care professionals and knows the value of investing in the Institute.

More than a decade ago, Gold designated a planned gift to the MGH Institute in her will and, with that, became a charter member of the Ruth M. Farrisey, SON ’38 Legacy Society. Members of the Farrisey Society provide critical funding for students, faculty, research, and special initiatives through their planned gifts.

“I donate because I feel it is important to give back so other people can have the opportunity to receive from the Institute the kind of education I received from Massachusetts General Hospital’s School of Nursing,” says the Scotia, NY, resident who spent more than 35 years as a nurse. “I am very grateful the hospital prepared me for a great career, and I want to help other people to access the fine opportunities and the resources that are available today at the Institute.”

Mass General’s nursing school, which closed in 1981 after operating for 108 years, was the MGH Institute’s predecessor institution. The Farrissey Society is named in honor of the 1938 graduate who bequeathed a generous gift to the MGH Institute after her death in 2007.

Gold’s philanthropy on behalf of the Institute dates back to 1993. She and her 1965 classmate, Ann Derrick, have developed a tradition of giving annual gifts to the MGH Institute at the holidays and to honor one another’s birthdays. In addition to that support, Gold is one of several alumni and donor members of the Farrisey Society who have named the MGH Institute through a bequest, trust, insurance or retirement policy, or other estate planning vehicle such as a charitable gift annuity.

“Vicki’s planned gift to the Farrisey Society is indicative of the importance she has placed on ensuring the MGH Institute continues its mission of educating tomorrow’s health care leaders, and her confidence in the institution,” says Director of Development Betsy Rigby. “We highly value this connection with her and all the members of the Farrisey Society who invest in the future of the school.”

All planned gifts, large or small, are vital to advancing MGH Institute of Health Professions’ commitment to improving health and health care through leadership education, research, and community engagement.

To learn how you can include the school in your estate plans and join the Farrisey Society, email Clare McCully or call her at (617) 724-6399.

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The Legacy of Ruth Farrisey


Ruth M. Farrisey was a 1938 graduate of the Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing, the predecessor institution of MGH Institute of Health Professions. Miss Farrisey led a distinguished career as a clinician; senior administrator at Massachusetts General Hospital and its Neighborhood Health Centers; advocate for health care access for all; and as a faculty member of the MGH School of Nursing and later, the MGH Institute.

She was known as a visionary advocate for the advanced practice nursing role and a strong leader in the development of collaborative nursing and medical practice. When she passed away in 2007, she made a generous gift to the MGH Institute through a bequest.

It is a privilege to recognize alumni and friends who share in Ruth Farrisey's vision for the MGH Institute, and have included the Institute in their future philanthropy.