Editor’s note: The following is the first in a series of columns the Bulletin will be publishing on contributors to the Mayne Heritage Society (MHS)—the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Foundation’s planned giving program.
Norman Kenyon, MD, FACS, a retired general surgeon, and his wife Sue are known in the Miami, FL, area as people who give back to the community, regularly donating their time, talent, and resources to worthy causes. The College and the Florida Chapter of the ACS also have benefited from their generosity. Dr. Kenyon is a Past-President of both the Florida Chapter and the South Florida Chapter, and a Past-Governor of the ACS.
Loyal donors to the ACS Foundation for many years, Dr. and Mrs. Kenyon decided to make the College a beneficiary of their legacy plans in 2003. As a result of their intended bequest to the College, they became proud members of the MHS, the ACS Foundation’s planned giving program. Dr. Kenyon has been a vocal advocate among his peers, encouraging them to join the MHS as a way of giving back to the profession.
Dr. Kenyon believes all Fellows should support the College to the best of their ability. Estate planning has been the most efficient way to accomplish this goal for Dr. and Mrs. Kenyon, as a legacy gift allows them to maintain access to their assets while providing a future gift to support the College’s programs.
“We are proud to give back to the College for all it has done and continues to do for surgeons and the profession. The ACS has always been the standard for surgical education, practice advances, and research. The College is the prominent stabilizer for the quality care of patients and education for surgeons throughout their careers,” Dr. Kenyon said.
In addition to being named the ACS Distinguished Philanthropist in 2010, other honors bestowed upon Dr. Kenyon include the Raymond H. Alexander Award from the Florida Chapter of the ACS, the James H. Corwin Distinguished Service Award from the Florida Surgical Society, the Person of the Year Award from South Miami Hospital Associates, and the University of Miami Teaching Award.
More about the Mayne Heritage Society
Members of the MHS support the mission of the College through a planned or legacy gift commitment. The requirements for membership are naming the ACS as a beneficiary in your will or living trust, or establishing a planned gift of any size or type, such as a charitable remainder trust, to benefit the ACS. Estate planning information is available by visiting plannedgiving.facs.org or by contacting the ACS Foundation at 312-202-5338.