An Extraordinary Woman. An Extraordinary Planned Gift.

Cooley Dickinson Health Care has the extraordinary honor of being the beneficiary of a $600,000 bequest from Marjorie (Marge) Magner, who dedicated 53 years of her life to teaching deaf children, as well as their teachers and parents, at the Clarke School for the Deaf. Marge made her planned gift through a combination of a trust, life insurance, and annuities.

Among her many accomplishments, Marge earned two Masters degrees from Smith College. In 1954, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in England, where she deepened her knowledge of speech and audiology. She presented courses and workshops at numerous colleges, universities, and special education programs throughout the United States, Canada, England, and Puerto Rico. Marge was awarded the A.G. Bell Association Award and was cited in Who’s Who in Education and Who’s Who of American Women.

As a longtime Northampton and Easthampton resident, Marge understood the importance of a strong hospital and a well-staffed VNA & Hospice for the well-being of a community. Cooley Dickinson is grateful to Marge and others like her, whose thoughtful planned giving strengthens our ability to offer our community the best medical care possible.