The Gillespie Legacy

Kingsley Gillespie

In 2016, Stamford Hospital along with four other charities became the beneficiaries of a landmark gift, a $100 million charitable trust from the estates of long-time Stamford resident Kingsley Gillespie and his son, Kenyon.  

This gift continues the Gillespie family’s lifelong legacy of philanthropy to the Stamford community, as well as their commitment to healthcare, community service and faith. 

Stamford Health receives 50% of the income from the $100 million Gillespie Trust in perpetuity along with the other four charities receiving the other 50%.  This $50 million trust gift is the largest in the Hospital’s history.

Kingsley Gillespie was the former publisher of The Advocate & Greenwich Time and owner of Stamford’s radio station WSTC-AM.  During his lifetime, he not only shaped news in the region, but was an active civic leader and a driving force in the growth and development of the city where he was born. 

Kingsley Gillespie’s history with the Stamford Hospital started in 1947 when he joined the Hospital board.  Kingsley continued supporting the Hospital for the next 37 years.  He was known as a visionary at the Hospital who focused on strategic planning with an eye toward the quickly evolving technological advancements in healthcare.  He was determined that his community received the best healthcare available.  

Gillespie's impactKenyon Gillespie shared his father’s commitment to community.  He was a private man devoted to his parents and his wife, Dorothy.  Kenyon was a successful private investor who managed his inheritance for over 30 years, always with the intention of benefiting his father’s charities and his.   

This gift provides the most flexibility for the Hospital, allowing us to respond to all types of patient needs, ensuring that our patients continue to get the best care, by the best caregivers, with the best technology and equipment.  The annual trust disbursements will help fund the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment, new technology, patient programs and services, and operating expenses.