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Philanthrophy

A Volunteer's Lasting Legacy

Teresa J.N. Heid  (1917-2014)

Former Sentara Martha Jefferson volunteer Teresa J.N. Heid wore a pink jacket for many years as a member of the hospital’s early volunteer program, known as the Martha Jefferson Ladies Auxiliary. Despite her diminutive size, Teresa was a spirited volunteer who, in addition to her ambassadorship and assistance to patients and visitors, also supported the hospital philanthropically.

On Nov. 14, 2014, Teresa died at her longtime Charlottesville home at the age of 97. She was predeceased by her father, August E. Heid, and her mother, Maria Heid. Teresa, fluent in several languages, and her parents travelled extensively and lived in many different locations, including Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Siberia, Russia. August, an executive with International Harvester, married Maria W. Zickofsky, a Russian citizen by birth.

In a recent history of Keswick Hall, a historically significant estate now acclaimed internationally as a luxury resort, author Patricia Castelli revealed that Teresa’s parents purchased the property (then known as Villa Crawford) in 1936 as their personal residence, when Teresa was 19. According to Castelli’s research, Teresa and her parents lived there for 11 years, selling Villa Crawford to the Keswick Corporation in 1947. Afterward, Teresa and her parents travelled widely, finally settling back in Charlottesville in an “established neighborhood” near the University of Virginia.

Teresa identified Sentara Martha Jefferson as one of the named community charitable organizations about which she was passionate and through which she desired to advance health care in her community, even after her death. Teresa worked closely with the U.S. Trust, Bank of America, to establish The August Heid Trust in memory of her father. This year, the fund’s trustees made their first grants, and Sentara Martha Jefferson’s Palliative Care program was among the organizations awarded support, honoring and fulfilling Teresa’s philanthropic intentions.

The legacy of Teresa’s service and support of Sentara Martha Jefferson lives on today, as patients facing serious and complicated illness—and the families supporting them—will benefit from her generosity and commitment to the health of our community through the hospital’s Palliative Care program. Teresa J.N. Heid and The August Heid Trust will be recognized through the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation’s Capstone Society.

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