Eileen O. Brown

A Passionate Life

Eileen smiling

If you visit the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center on a Wednesday, you will likely find Eileen O. Brown, 81, singing to the accompaniment of piano player Bob Egan. "I have been singing for 18 years at the hospital," she says proudly. "I love singing."

A truly remarkable woman, Mrs. Brown has followed many passions over the years.

Initially, she was interested in politics and government, leading to a BA in political science from Trinity College in 1952. She then met her husband, Phillip J. Brown Jr., who was the best man at her sister's wedding. In describing their brief courtship, she says, "We went on a blind date and then five dates later we got engaged because he was going to Korea."

Once married, the couple traveled the world, living in Venezuela, Belgium, and London. During her travels, Mrs. Brown learned Spanish and French. Her volunteer role at that time focused on helping the children in Venezuela. She also taught English as a significant part of her service work.

Eventually, she and her husband returned to the states and settled in New Jersey.

Her introduction to Morristown Medical Center began with the birth of her children. "Two of my children were born at the hospital," she recalls fondly. Many years later, when her husband began to suffer from Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, she consulted well-respected professionals in the medical field for advice. She was told, "There is no better place than right where you are. Morristown Medical Center is as good as they come." Mrs. Brown says that the quality of health care her husband received was exceptional. Ultimately, however, after 42 years of marriage, he passed away in the late 1990s.

In gratitude to the hospital for years of outstanding care, Mrs. Brown supports the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center through both annual gifts and a bequest in her will. "My husband and I had six children, and giving to charity is our seventh child," she explains. In recognition of her husband's bequest, his name graces a room on Simon 5, the hospital's fifth floor. "He was very enthusiastic about the hospital," she says.

More recently, Mrs. Brown broke first one hip and then the other, receiving orthopedic and rehabilitation care from the hospital. "It's a huge blessing having the hospital close by," she says with relief. "What it offers is extraordinary."

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"I give to the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 475 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960, or its successor thereto, ______________ [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

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A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

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the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

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An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

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Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Morristown Medical Center as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Morristown Medical Center as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Morristown Medical Center where you agree to make a gift to Morristown Medical Center and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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