George Varnum Durgin April 5 1918 March 20 2001
Posted on August 2nd, 2019 by Speare Memorial Hospital

A Family Legacy

Mary Durgin on beach5

At least twice a year, you will see Mary Durgin at Speare Memorial Hospital. It’s not to see a physician or to have any kind of medical procedure. It’s to hand-deliver a donation from the trust set up years ago by her brother, George V. Durgin.

“George and I grew up in Campton, and at that time, the hospital was located directly across from our family farm on the Campton-Plymouth town line. We both became aware of how important it was to have a hospital in our community, and that is why George included Speare as a beneficiary of his charitable trust,” says Mary.

Emily Balch Hospital Plymouth NH with frame

Beginning in 2003, donations from George’s trust have helped support the Hospital’s construction projects, the purchase of new equipment and the general day-to-day operations of our community Hospital. And, because of George’s thoughtful planning for the future, his generosity will impact generations to come. 

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George Varnum Durgin April 5 1918 March 20 2001

George V. Durgin was born on the family farm in Campton, New Hampshire on April 5, 1918. He graduated from Plymouth High School and started working in the family business until he left home at the age of 24 to enlist in the United States Army Air Force. George saw the world in his twenty-plus years in the Air Force.

When George retired from the military at the age of 51, he went on to hold positions as a bank teller at Plymouth Guaranty, Selectman of the Town of Campton, part-time Deputy Sheriff of Grafton County, Treasurer of the Grange Fair, and traveling the United States working for the U.S. Census Bureau.

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