Named Endowments

Keith Frazier, M.D. Endowment for Pediatric Hospice Care

Keith Frazier was a good man and a good physician.

Board certified in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care, Keith served at Trinity Mother Frances Health System, at the Smith County Public Health District, and at Kijabe Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya. In 2006 he began his work with Hospice of East Texas, where he was instrumental in developing the pediatric hospice program and was one of the founding medical directors of Texas Palliative Care.

Though he held impressive academic and board credentials, Keith saw his professional life as more than a medical practice – it was a ministry. In all that he was and all that he did, Keith was a living example of a man of faith. All who knew Keith Frazier and had the privilege of working with him were inspired by his gentle ways, his humility and his genuine concern for each person with whom he came in contact.

Frazier FamilyAs his wife, Terri, shared at his funeral, "Keith was never a man to make much of himself, but always made much of his God." He faced his illness and death with the certainty that God was in control, and his only desire was that his personal trials somehow caused others to turn to the faith that was the lodestar of his own life.

It is fitting that the first named endowment at The Hospice of East Texas Foundation be created in honor of Dr. Keith Frazier, beloved friend, colleague and mentor.

Proceeds from the endowment will be used each year in support of Hospice of East Texas' pediatric hospice program, providing comfort and support to families facing the death of a child. Caring for the smallest of hospice patients was dear to Keith Frazier. Our hope is that this small tribute will uplift the example of a good man and a good physician whose legacy is his life as an exemplary servant to his God.

The Hospice of East Texas Foundation welcomes additional donations to the Keith Frazier M.D. Endowment for Pediatric Hospice Care. For information, contact Nancy Lamar, The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, at 903-266-3402.

 


The Donna Lassiter Endowment

A commitment to giving has been one of Engineering, Procurment and Construction, Inc.'s (EPC) values since it founding over twenty years ago.  When Charles Lassiter, a partner in the firm, decided to retire, EPC honored him, at his request, with a significant gift to The Hospice of East Texas in memory of his wife, Donna, who had been a Hospice patient.

A portion of the gift was used to renovate the Genecov Courtyard garden at HomePlace, and the remainder of the gift created The Donna Lassiter Endowment at The Hospice of East Texas Foundation.  Designated for general purposes, distributions from the endowment will return to The Hospice of East Texas each year to be used in areas of greatest need.

The Hospice of East Texas is very grateful to EPC.  We see their commitment to "the business of giving" every day in the beautiful courtyard garden.  What's more, the patients and families Hospice serves will benefit for many years from the lasting tribute created by The Donna Lassiter Endowment at The Hospice of East Texas Foundation.

 


The Hospice of East Texas CARE Fund

 Since its inception The Hospice of East Texas has been committed to serve every patient and family who needs our extraordinary care, regardless of their financial circumstances or life’s situation.  For more than thirty years, this commitment has defined our mission, and motivated our staff, volunteers and donors.

A new giving vehicle, The Hospice of East Texas CARE Fund, will enable Hospice of East Texas to fulfill that commitment, now and in the future.  A specially designated fund at The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, the CARE Fund is a permanent endowment.  Designed to grow over time, the fund will return its earnings each year to help cover the cost of hospice services for those patients who have no payor source for their care.

The Hospice of East Texas CARE Fund, created by the Board of Directors of The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, was seeded with the estate gifts of two extraordinary women, Trudy Richardson (upper) and Estha Nowlin (lower).