Ruth T. Evans
Evans Bequest Largest in Foundation History
In April of 2013, Ashland Community Hospital Foundation received a bequest in excess of $2.5 million from the estate of Ruth T. Evans, who died on January 3, 2013. The gift will support the William G. and Ruth T. Evans Endowed Nursing Scholarships, the Foundation’s Charity Care Endowment and the Hospital’s Hospice program.
Born in 1916, Mrs. Evans was an R.N. who served as a captain in the Army Nurses Corps. After the war, she met and married Dr. William Evans in 1947, raised two daughters and moved to Ashland in 1998. Dr. Evans died in 2002.
Mrs. Evans became known for her philanthropic work after her husband’s death. She set up a music scholarship at Southern Oregon University and established several funds to benefit local projects. But her proudest accomplishment was the nursing scholarship fund. Since its creation in 2002, 103 local nursing students have received 148 scholarships totaling $339,433.
The bequest will allow the Foundation to significantly increase the number of students who receive scholarships and the size of the awards. Mrs. Evans’ gift will also provide much needed annual support for the care of uninsured and under-insured patients, as well as terminally ill patients and their families.
The Evans bequest is the largest contribution Ashland Community Hospital Foundation has received in its 39-year history. It is the perfect example of how the kindness and generosity of one person can touch the lives of so many people.