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A Legacy of Giving
A family legacy of service and philanthropy earned sisters Barb and Peg Evans the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from the Ashland Community Hospital Foundation.
As the daughters of Dr. William and Mrs. Ruth Evans, Barb and Peg Evans have continued to honor their beloved parents and to expand their legacy through ongoing support of the William G. & Ruth T. Evans Endowed Nursing Scholarship and other Foundation programs. William Evans was a family physician who practiced for 50 years in Pennsylvania before coming to Ashland in 1998. The family funded medical education scholarships and health projects in Pennsylvania, but when William died in 2002, Ruth Evans, a nurse during World War II, established an endowed scholarship fund for nurses.
Barb and Peg support the scholarship committee and actively participate in the annual awards luncheon, meeting scholarship recipients.
“It’s so emotional to hear their stories and learn about the hardships they have overcome,” Barb says, of the dedicated nursing students who plan to work in the Rogue Valley.
The Evanses also support the Foundation by attending other campaign kickoffs and celebrations and are long-time supporters of the annual Patrons Campaign. The family’s connection to the Foundation started soon after Peg moved to Ashland in 1981 to work at Southern Oregon University. Recognizing the value of a community hospital that could conveniently provide basic medical services, she started making annual donations to the ACH Foundation and as family members joined her in Oregon, they joined her in supporting the local hospital, too.
“I feel pretty strongly that we need a hospital in Ashland,” Peg says. “Ashland is richer for having its hospital.”
Peg is professor emerita of music at SOU and the author of a bibliography of choral works and various articles and reviews. She’s spent 45 years as a church organist and choir director and has given organ recitals and workshops throughout the U.S. She served for four years as the national vice president of the American Guild of Organists and is currently compiling a database of hymn-based organ works for the Church Music Institute, based in Dallas, Texas. She is a member, teacher and Council member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SOU.
Barb Evans is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music who performed as a professional clarinetist for 14 years and sang professionally in Iowa City, Iowa. She sings at Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church in Ashland. She also worked as a certified veterinary technician. Barb volunteers weekly at Asante Ashland Community Hospital and particularly enjoys assisting in the ACH Foundation office.
The sisters support philanthropic projects through Southern Oregon University Foundation, the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Oregon Community Foundation. They also volunteer together delivering meals with Food & Friends. With their commitments and dedication to projects across Ashland, both Barb and Peg appreciate the ACH Foundation for its professional support of a key institution that supports a healthy community.
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the Foundation, the hospital and Ashland as a whole. A committee comprised of the Foundation’s stewardship committee, hospital leadership and past award recipients selects who will be honored. Please join us in offering congratulations and gratitude to Barb and Peg Evans.