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Eighty years ago, a then five-year-old Vivian Firato Ferguson was looking forward to Easter. For the holiday, she hoped to receive the new shoes she needed. One day Vivian smelled a funny odor wafting from the kitchen. She discovered her father there, repairing his shoes by pasting on new soles. "I knew then that my father was doing that so us kids could have our new shoes," Vivian says. With her parents giving her inspirationlike that throughout her childhood and with later examples of extreme generosity from Andrew and Tom Ferguson, Vivian has spent her life-time doing for others. "You name it, I've done it," she says. The lifelong Manchester resident has been an active volunteer in many aspects of her community. Today Vivian serves as Manchester Town Historian; she's the only living founder of the Manchester Historical Society and still is a director, and she chairs the Cheney Brothers National Historic District Commission. Also, if you're getting married, you can call on Vivian since she's also a Justice of the Peace. Vivian's relationship with ECHN and Manchester Memorial Hospital is tied to Andrew Ferguson, the great uncle of Vivian's deceased husband, Tom Freeland Ferguson. As an actuary, Andrew Ferguson knew numbers. Actuaries are statisticians versed in the collection and interpretation of numerical data, especially statistics used to calculate and price insurance. Andrew applied his math skills in the stock market, making shrewd investments in successful corporations. Vivian says he invested and held on, letting his stocks grow over the years. When Andrew's wife passed away from cancer, the couple was young and childless. Andrew never remarried. Work and investments allowed him to hire housekeepers to cook and maintain his home. Vivian recalls that when Andrew died, he left small bequests to his brothers and his church. But the majority of his estate went to Manchester Memorial Hospital. In fact, Andrew gave the hospital one of the largest endowed gifts, now valued at $3.2 million.28Andrew, Tom and Vivian Ferguson Doing For Others860.647.4753

29Vivian gives partial credit for Andrew's bequest to her husband, Tom. Tom was close to his uncle and spoke highly of the hospital to Andrew. Tom himself was very community-oriented. He was a Manchester Memorial Hospital trustee, a founder of Manchester Community College and co-publisher of the Manchester Evening Herald, a daily newspaper. Vivian joined Tom in serving the hospital. She completed a four year term as president of the Manchester Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. For many years, she's been and still is an ECHN Corporator. Vivian's greatest contribution to ECHN may be the 17 years she ran the Manchester Memorial Hospital gift shop as a volunteer."Manchester knows, through its own history, that people cannot live without a hospital," Vivian says. She likes to remind people of the 1918 Spanish influenza that hit Manchester before it had a hospital. Caring for the thousands of victims of that disease became the motivation for C. Elmore Watkins to start the campaign that led to founding Manchester Memorial in 1920. How does one stay as vital as Vivian is at age 85? She says she maintains her high activity level by listening to her doctors. Then there's her attitude. Vivian explains, "You have to grit your teeth and keep on moving." Certainly that's what Andrew and Tom and Vivian's parents would have advised." Manchester knows through its own history that people cannot live without a hospital." Vivian Firato Ferguson & Thomas Fergusonphilanthropy ANNUAL REPORT 2010