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Nonprofits share how they’ll spend bequests from late physician


The late Dr. David G. Gregor’s legacy of community giving continues through seven nonprofits he supported throughout his life.

Jefferson Community College Foundation, Northern New York Community Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network of Northern New York at Samaritan Medical Center, Samaritan Foundation, Hospice of Jefferson County, Watertown Urban Mission and the Watertown Salvation Army will share more than $1 million in bequests from Dr. Gregor’s estate. Dr. Gregor, 84, a retired general surgeon, died Aug. 18.

Attorney Anderson Wise, who handled affairs for the estate, said Dr. Gregor didn’t put any restrictions on the funds, giving the seven agencies full rein over how they would like to use their portion.

“He was a very generous man to his community, both in his life and on his death,” Mr. Wise said.

Mr. Wise said although the funds remain unrestricted, he knows all seven nonprofits are “familiar with his style and interests.”

That is something the Northern New York Community Foundation board of directors kept in mind, according to foundation Executive Director Rande S. Richardson, when its members decided to establish the David G. Gregor MD Community Fund with its gift.

Mr. Richardson said about $20,000 in grants will be awarded annually through that fund. Grants may be awarded throughout Lewis and St. Lawrence counties, but the focus will remain in Jefferson County.

“We will look at trying to align certain interests and passions Dr. Gregor had, but it’s meant to be a more broad-based community fund,” he said.

The portion given to Jefferson Community College Foundation will help the college finalize establishment of an endowment. Foundation Director Alicia M. Dewey said she wouldn’t disclose the amount of funds, but said a portion of the money was enough to help the community college meet its $150,000 match from a 2012 federal Title III grant. Now, a total of $300,000 will be set aside for an endowment and, after 20 years, the college may use those funds.

The remaining portion of funds left to the college foundation has yet to be designated, Ms. Dewey said.

Watertown Salvation Army’s bequest will “just mean sustainability of our programs,” said Lt. Summer Hough. She would not disclose the amount the Watertown Salvation Army received, just as Elizabeth C. Fipps, Samaritan’s vice president of foundation and community services, would not disclose how much the Samaritan Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network received.

Mrs. Fipps, however, said funds earmarked for the Samaritan Foundation will go toward its endowment to help purchase equipment and technology and to help expand programs for the Samaritan Medical Center.

“We have a very aggressive goal of $30 million over the next 20 years,” she said.

The Children’s Miracle Network funds, Mrs. Fipps said, will be used to help area hospitals and local families with sick or injured children throughout the north country.

Meanwhile, the Watertown Urban Mission will use its approximately $35,000 gift to boost a managed fund it has, which may help with general mission needs as they come up. Development Director Andrew G. Mangione said Dr. Gregor’s gift will not be applied toward the agency’s capital campaign.

“He’s a very generous man, and he’s continued that legacy through this bequest,” Mr. Mangione said.

Hospice of Jefferson County has yet to determine what its bequest will be used for, according to Lynn R. Dobbins, Hospice Foundation director.

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