A Century of Support
The Ayer-Loring family history of support for Beverly Hospital stretches back before the turn of the last century and continues to this day. As Rosemary Loring Byrne noted, “It could fill a book!” Her brother, Caleb Loring, rattled off names of relatives who had volunteered or worked for the hospital going back to his great, great aunt, one of the earliest board members in 1910. When asked about his and Rosemary’s role as current-day supporters, Caleb merely chuckled, “It is tough to say ‘no’ when you are descended from an Ayer or a Loring.”
Actually, it is immediately clear that both are eager to say “yes.” They cite their parents as fine role models for charitable and civic engagement. When talking about his father, Caleb captured his essence by stating simply, “Dad was a good guy.” Rosemary also recalled her father’s boundless energy and goodness, “My mother said it was as if Dad were living the lives of two men: He was so happy he had come back from WWII alive but devastated his brother was lost in a Kamikaze attack. Dad did so much for others because he felt grateful that he could.” He shunned the spotlight, yet his generosity was renowned; he was apparently not only living for two but giving for two.
Caleb also pointed out their mother’s spirit of giving and that Rosemary often followed in her footsteps, for instance, when she joined their mother volunteering at Beverly Hospital. The inspiration carried through to college when Rosemary volunteered at the Chelsea Naval Hospital, aiding injured soldiers returning from Vietnam. Brother and sister agree they were lucky to have the parents they did, teaching them the values of service and community.
Excellence in our Community Hospital
Through the generations, the Lorings have been Beverly Hospital’s trusted next-door neighbor and go-to supporters. In 2015, Rosemary and Caleb furthered that enduring relationship when they funded the Loring Family Leadership Challenge, directing $100,000 to the Annual Fund.
When the Loring family offered this matching gift, they were confident their North Shore neighbors would meet the challenge. They were right: Remarkably, the Annual Fund skyrocketed from $640,000 to $1 million — a record tally, thanks to broad and enthusiastic community participation. “It was very encouraging to see how much people wanted their local hospital to be as excellent as it could be,” said Rosemary.
The Loring Family Leadership Challenge was the natural outgrowth of an unbroken century of support. Because Rosemary and Caleb maintained close ties to the hospital, they were well-informed about the hospital and its future, making them confident about inviting others to invest there. “Beverly Hospital is so appreciative of the Loring family’s support,” said Phil Cormier, Chief Executive Officer. “The unrestricted gifts to the Annual Fund, which they inspired, helped position us to address our top priorities.”
To Be Continued…
Brother and sister remain big fans of Beverly and the North Shore. When asked about her lifelong affinity for the area, Rosemary unhesitatingly responded, “There is so much to love: farms and conservation lands, coastal scenery and activities, vibrant and independent businesses, good schools and museums — plus a great hospital.” About the only attribute Rosemary struggled to praise was the traffic on Route 128, which she once playfully addressed by writing her own rap song to outsmart rush hour.
Caleb and Rosemary plan to continue the Ayer-Loring traditions of philanthropy for their cherished community hospital. With an always-ready wit, Caleb joked, “After all the times Beverly Hospital has patched me together, sticking by them is the least I can do.” He recounted childhood spills, adult running mishaps and, more lately, the birth of grandchildren, noting, “If you lead an active life, it is inevitable that you are going to need a good local hospital. It feels very good to support a good organization.”