Harold Davis

Ellen and Blaise Doremus

Pictured: Brigham Legacy Society member Harold Davis and his wife Ruth.

When long-time donor Harold Davis reflects on his decision to give to the Brigham, his late wife and best friend, Ruth, is at the forefront of his mind. “The main drive I have in this whole idea of giving is because of Ruth,” he says. “Ruth was someone special and the Brigham gave us many more years together.”

Harold’s Brigham experience began when Ruth underwent open heart surgery performed by the late Lawrence Cohn, MD. Both were amazed by the dedicated staff, and deeply appreciative of the years they felt this care gave back to Ruth. Harold recalls being particularly impressed with the world-renowned cardiac surgeon.

“He did a spectacular job,” Harold says. “It was our first introduction to medicine with a personality. Ruth lived for many years after Larry’s work.”

While Ruth sadly passed away in 2003 from cancer, Harold continues to get his care from the Brigham to this day. Grateful for both Ruth’s care and his own experiences with urologic surgeon Michael O’Leary, MD, MPH, Harold was inspired to give back.

To honor the great care received, Harold established a charitable gift annuity, which provides him with a charitable income tax deduction and a fixed lifetime income stream while also supporting the Division of Urology. Being financially savvy, Harold shared it’s a gift that is a sensible choice, allowing a donor to support a cause they care about, and receive some benefits in return.

“Dr. O’Leary is not only a premier doctor in my life, but he’s also a wonderful friend.” Harold says. “The Brigham is lucky to have him.”

To honor Harold’s generosity, he was welcomed into The Brigham Legacy Society, which recognizes individuals who generously include the Brigham in their estate plans.

In addition to his charitable gift annuity, Harold also supported the Brigham’s Helix display—an installation of mirrors located on the main campus where donors can inscribe messages to caregivers and loved ones. Harold chose this highly visible way to honor Ruth and his parents.

Harold hopes his philanthropy encourages others to support the Brigham, a place he credits with providing compassionate, honest, and personalized care.

“The doctors at the Brigham are examples that medicine is more than just a skill,” Harold says. “Their ability to connect with each patient is extraordinary.”