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Starting in the 1960s, with requests to the Rogers Endowment Fund granted by the trustees, the laboratory began to grow both in testing sophistication and in the expertise of its staff. In 1967, it was considered a sign of growth that the lab had performed 16,000 tests. In comparison, in 2010, our full service clinical laboratory performed approximately 1.5 million tests.C. Elmore Watkins, president emeritus of the Manchester Hospital Board of Trustees, described Gertrude Rogers as "a very capable woman and her life was extremely well organized. The way she set up her will was a compliment to her astuteness as a business woman, for which we in Manchester should be forever grateful." During the last fifty years, the Rogers Fund has disbursed Dr. Boyd explained to Gertrude that if she wanted her community hospital to be as skilled as Hartford Hospital, she should do something about it - for the benefit of herself and for future patients. So Gertrude established a fund, and in her will, executed in 1941, she wrote: "I direct that the net income from this used and applied only for the development and support of research and laboratory work to be maintained by the medical and pathological service." The fund was several thousand dollars at the time and was invested in common stocks; it was overseen by two trustees, one of whom was Dr. Boyd. Gertrude died shortly thereafter in 1943.approximately $2.5 million, supporting the performance of at least 35 million tests. In addition, the Fund has supported about 100 clinical trials, many of which form the infrastructure of our cancer program, and about 400 Tumor Boards, the clinical conferences during which our doctors, nurses and allied health professionals come together to formulate multidisciplinary treatment plans for our cancer patients.We at ECHN are very grateful to Gertrude Rogers and Dr. Howard Boyd for their philanthropic insight and foresight in creating the Rogers Fund. As Dr. Boyd was fond of saying, "If you have the chance to do something good for people, then that's what you ought to do."For the entire story as told by Dr. Dennis O'Neill of Eastern Connecticut Pathology Consultants, PC, please go to our website at

American Red CrossEstate of Julia H. BakerJulia & Percy Baker Family Memorial FundMary K. Barton TrustWilliam E. Barton TrustCharles F. BatzAlvah N. Belding FundEstate of Elizabeth N. BestAnna & Albert Bilson FundAlice Farmer BissellDwight W. Blish FundP.O. BoyntonFrederick BradleyRuth T. Britton FundHazel S. BurgessDavid M. Caldwell TrustJohn & Eliza CarpenterHelen G. ChapmanEstate of Gertrude L. CharterGeorge Wells & Harriet Richmond CheneyHelen Campbell Cheney Fund (Philip Cheney)Trust of Mary C. CollinsWilliam H. CostesMaytie Case Crowell TrustEstate of Hazel S. CuttaGrace K. DartEstate of Christine DeverHebert DeweyJune DeweyEmma Dillon TrustLaurence M. Dillon TrustElsie Cheney DisherGeorge S. DoaneBruno E. & Maud J. DossDrake FundJohn A. DuellArthur B. & Carrie E. Ellis Trust FundAndrew Ferguson TrustFannie FishEstate of Helen B. FluckigerWinchell FosterThe Loren Gardner FundStephen Goodale & Emeret Scott Risley FundFrancis J. GregoryLuella Hale TrustE. Stevens HenryL. HenryM. HenryEmil LJ HohenthalThe Grace L. House FundEstate of Alice C. JarvisEstate of Regina M. KedikasEdgar KeeneyEndowments and TrustsThe following gifts have been granted over the years to benefit Eastern Connecticut Health Network affiliates, enabling us to be sustained annually by the interest from the investments. We are truly grateful for all of those who have exercised this method of planned giving.John & Martha Kress FundEstate of Walter KuligowskyEstate of Joseph M. LogiudiceErna W. LoomisF. Maxwell MemorialFrancis Taylor Maxwell Memorial FundHarriet K. Maxwell FundJ. Alice Maxwell FundRobert Maxwell FundWilliam Maxwell FundWilliam A. & Caroline E. Metcalf FundWillie Morton TrustME Moxon/DM Yost TrustGeorge Palmer Charter FundCharles Phelps Elsie Sykes PhelpsRalph & Lula Pinney FundDonald G. Piper & Hazel B. PiperThe John Porter & Caroline E. Porter FundCelia E. Prescott FundWilliam H. PrescottThe Mattie Hills Preston EndowmentNelson K. PurnellWilliam & Mary Rice FundEdna O. RiderMarjorie J. Risley FundCumulative Lifetime Giving$1,000,000+Auxiliary of Manchester Memorial HospitalRockville General Hospital AuxiliarySBM Charitable Foundation, Inc.$500,000-$999,999Community CancerCareHarriet K. Maxwell Foundation, Inc.Hartford Foundation for Public GivingManchester Memorial Hospital VolunteersS. N. & E. S. RisleyGrace Robertson TrustEstate of Henry RockwellEstate of Gertrude H. RogersEstate of Clarke F. RubyEstate of Joseph RussellBarbara SadrozinskiFaith J. Schortmann FundPearl D. Sheekey TrustCora Lloyd Smith FundMary E. SnyderWilliam & Lizzie Lathrop SpragueHelen St. LaurentRobert N. & Flora Stanley Trust FundGeorge W. & Rose B. Strant Memorial FundMinnie R. StricklandSwindells FundFred Talcott FundThomas D. Trotter Memorial FundTrumbull Chapter DARBetsy C. TuckerUnited German Society FundMrs. Elizabeth VancourEstate of A. Emma WabrekAnna Shelton WhitlockEva Noble Wood FundWilliam & Rebecca J. Wright Fund$250,000-$499,999Dr. & Mrs. Dennis G. O'NeillRockville Bank Foundation, Inc.$100,000-$249,999Anonymous (2)ACF Properties, Inc.Ambulance Service of ManchesterMaxwell M. BeldingConnectiCare, Inc.Mr. Peter Conlon & Dr. Michele ConlonValerie F. DeQuattroEastern Connecticut ImagingEastern Connecticut Pathology Consultants, PCEmCare/EMSCLouise C. EnglandFirst NiagaraFirst Niagara Private Client ServicesCity of HartfordJC Penney Catalog Distribution CenterMr. & Mrs. Richard S. KelleyMedical Oncology and Blood Disorders, LLPMilford Anesthesia Associates, PCDr. Devbala S. Patel & Dr. Shutish C. PatelRobinson & Cole LLPRSK-Kellco, Inc.Sodexo, Inc.Susan G. Komen for the Cure Connecticut AffiliateMr. Roger W. Talbot30860.647.4753