Bequest Demonstrates a Passion for HMS Education
Where It's Needed Most
Terry M. Bennett, MD ’64, MPH ’69, believed that people from all walks of life deserve high quality health care. Over the course of his career, serving patients from Los Angeles to Saudi Arabia, he was known to provide care for the homeless, the uninsured, and prisoners. When he received a terminal cancer diagnosis in 2011, he never wavered in his mission, treating patients at his New Hampshire walk-in clinic for eight more years, until just a few weeks before his death at the age of 81.
“Terry felt a spiritual connection to the practice of medicine, and there were instructors at Harvard Medical School who really reinforced that for him,” says his wife, Piper Allison. “He had an amazing mind and never stopped learning or being inquisitive about the practice of medicine. That started at HMS, where he was surrounded by people who felt the same way. In an empathic way, he wanted all of his colleagues to experience this as well. It’s something he wished for every physician.”
For the last 30 years of his life, Bennett ran his clinic as a primary care physician while simultaneously operating businesses selling antiques and exotic cars. To thank HMS for the quality of education he received, he used his collection of antique automobiles and motorcycles to establish a charitable remainder unitrust (CRUT) that would ultimately benefit the School. The CRUT recently distributed $3.9 million in unrestricted, flexible funding to be used at the dean’s discretion.
Terry felt a spiritual connection to the practice of medicine, and there were instructors at HMS that really reinforced that for him.