Named for Doctor David and Jean Kliewer, hospice pioneers and founders of Benton Hospice Serivce, the Kliewer Society honors donors who have established planned gifts or provided for Benton Hospice Service in their wills. While recognizing our donors’ generosity, we hope their example will inspire others to consider this creative and effective form of philanthropy.
With planned gifts, donors demonstrate their abiding stake in our community. The Kliewer Society invites its members to participate in special events throughout the year that offer a deeper look at Benton Hospice Service’s challenges and opportunities in the company of fellow donors.
We list the names of our Kliewer Society members in our bi-annual newsletter. However, if a donor prefers anonymity, we are glad to respect this wish.
Become a member simply by notifying us that you have included Benton Hospice Service in your estate plan or will. There is no minimum gift level and membership is lifelong and complimentary. We hope you will join us.
Find out more by contacting Laurie Russell, director of community engagement at 541-452-8147 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Making a planned gift - one that benefits families facing end-of-life choices after your lifetime - is easier than you might think. Options include:
Dave Kliewer, a survivor of a WWII Japanese POW camp, returned from the war to medical school at Harvard. He was an pioneer in the new specialty of oncology/hematology, but recognized early on that "science" could only be a small part of medical treatment, especially for the very ill, and that compassion was paramount. For many years he was a leader of the medical community of Corvallis, and, especially, in the arena of medical ethics. He was a civic leader as well, and for these works he was awarded the Oregon Medical Association Doctor Citizen of the Year. His experience, wisdom, and compassion were revered by his peers and his patients. He was the gentleman's gentleman. In retirement, he returned to Japan to meet with, and forgive, the commandant of his POW camp. He was the father of hospice in Benton County, urging others to join him in the development of Benton Hospice Service. His wife, Jean, was an inspiration as well, and a solid helm and anchor for Dave's work on the rough seas of medicine.