Foundation receives $1 million bequest
CHESTERTOWN — The Chester River Health Foundation recently announced it has received a bequest of $1.067 mil
lion dollars from the estate of T. Allan Stradley.
A release states Stradley was a well-known Kent County busi nessman, entrepreneur and civic leader. He served on the Shore Medical Center at Chestertown’s board of directors for 22 years.
In his will, Stradley made a generous bequest to the medical center’s building fund. Additionally, it was named as a one-third beneficiary of the remainder of his estate. It was received earlier this month, as the first distribution of the remainder of his estate.
“Throughout his volunteer service to the hospital, T. Al
lan Stradley was a generous contributor of his time, tal
ents and treasures,” Maryann Ruehrmund, executive director of the Chester River Health Foundation, said in the release. “His passing in 2000 was a great loss to our community.”
The release states a portion of the bequest will completely fund a renovation project designed improve access and flow for outpatient services that are provided at the medical center.
According to Ruehrmund, from 1987 to 1991, Stradley co-chaired the medical cen
ter’s $2 million renovation and new construction capital cam
paign, and provided the lead gift of $400,000.
That campaign funded a complete modernization and expansion of the then 56-year old medical center. The north wing of the facility, including the lab and critical care unit, is named in his honor.
Stradley served as foundation president in 1997 and 1998, and became the founding member of the Foundation’s Heritage Society, which recognizes generous and com
passionate individuals who have provided for the Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, the Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, or the Chester River Health Foundation through their estate plans.
He also is the namesake and first recipient of the Foundation’s T. Allan Stradley Hu
manitarian Award, which honors extraordinary individuals who have contributed signififificant ly to the enhancement of health care in the community.
“Mr. Stradley’s foresight and generosity will make pos
sible significant and continued enhancements to our facilities that will enhance quality, safety and the patient experience,” Carl Gallegos, foundation chairperson, said in the release.
T. ALLAN STRADLEY