Robert T. Devlin
[Originally published in CPMC Foundation’s newsletter Prime Scene, September 2006]
Carving a Legacy That Speaks of His Passion for Helping Others
At critical time in his life, Robert T. Devlin came to know the compassionate, caring service offered by California Pacific Medical Center after he lost his first wife, Penelope, to cancer in 1989. “When you’re in need, it’s great to have the personalized level of care that the California Pacific system provides,” he explains.
Now dedicated to helping the Medical Center continue on its path of excellence, Mr. Devlin gives of himself through time, leadership and financial support.
“I guess the word is, I’m a man of passion,” he says. “I enjoy throwing myself into things—immediately.” Three years ago, Bob joined California Pacific Medical Center Foundation’s Board. While learning more about the hospital system and how he can make a difference, his enthusiasm has flourished.
“We can’t be all things to all people,” he explains, “but we can decide where we want to have ‘Centers of Excellence.’” Excited to see California Pacific excel in critical areas, Mr. Devlin is focused on enriching the fields he feels most passionate about—neurology and cardiology. Immersing himself in these subjects, he hopes to increase awareness, education and funding to make California Pacific the hospital of choice.
Beyond asking others to support the Medical Center, Bob has made his own commitment by setting up the first of what he plans to be a series of charitable gift annuities. “To me, it’s a win-win,” he says. By giving low-yielding, highly appreciated stock, an individual can receive fixed lifetime payments at an attractive rate while benefiting from tax advantages. Most importantly, the gift will perpetuate the good work of California Pacific
“People my age and within five years are looking at what legacy they will leave behind,” he says. While there are countless worthy institutions in the area, Bob knows that it’s critical to maintain a high-quality medical center. He hopes that others will learn how their charitable estate planning can make a difference in the quality of life in our community.
For information on gift annuities or other ways to leave your personal legacy of support, call the Foundation at 415-600-2769.
(Note: Mr. Devlin is now on the Foundation's Board of Counselors.)