When 91-year-old Dorothy Hirschman passed away in 2015, she ensured that the estate she shared with her late husband, Floyd, was in good order. The couple, who operated a dairy farm in Spencer Township in Medina County, gave their land to fellow farmers and made financial gifts to family members.
And they donated more than $500,000 to local charities, including more than $103,000 to Akron Children’s Hospital.
“I’ve had a hand in giving millions of dollars to hospitals from estates, but I’m especially grateful for the gift from Floyd and Dorothy,” says their attorney Robert Bux. “They amassed more than $500,000 just to give to charity. When I think about how long and hard they had to work to save this amount, I simply marvel at it.”
Bux first met the Hirschmans in 1992 and remained close with Dorothy after Floyd’s passing in 1998. Dorothy was a surgical nurse and a member of the U.S. Army Cadet Nursing Corp before marrying Floyd in 1946. While Floyd farmed, Dorothy worked for years at Lodi Community Hospital.
“Dorothy and Floyd were special people,” says Bux. “Dorothy was a moving force at home and in the community. I don’t know in my lifetime if I’ll ever meet a person like her again. She could have the best of times wherever she was. Floyd was absolutely her equal.”
While the Hirschmans had no children of their own, they began giving to Akron Children’s in 1976, and gave 28 gifts over 24 years, slowly increasing the amount of their annual donation.
“I think the Hirschmans’ legacy is that at any level of wealth, if you have charitable intent, you can do great work,” says Bux. “Dorothy and Floyd gave all they had. I know that Akron Children’s will make this gift work as hard for the children in northeast Ohio as Dorothy and Floyd had to work to earn, save and give.”