Marge Jetton receives lifetime achievement award
Marge Hodge Jetton (left) is interviewed by B. Lyn Behrens, MBBS, president and chief executive officer, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center, and Kenneth M. Turpen, CFRE, director, Philanthropic Services for Institutions of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, for showing at the trailblazer banquet held on Wednesday, June 28, in Jacksonville, Florida.
Marge Hodge Jetton is the recipient of the Adventist Philanthropy Leadership Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award was given during the awards banquet sponsored by the Philanthropic Service for Institutions of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Wednesday, June 28, in Jacksonville, Florida.
The award was presented to Mrs. Jetton in absentia by the group. Mrs. Jetton thanked the audience in a videotaped response recorded a few days earlier with B. Lyn Behrens, MBBS, president and chief executive officer, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center, and Kenneth M. Turpen, CFRE, director of Philanthropic Services for Institutions.
“As she approached her 102nd birthday this September, Marge Hodge Jetton can look back on a life devoted to helping others,” Mr. Turpen said in his remarks, “and serving as a shining example of healthy living.”
Mrs. Jetton’s support to LLU has been significant over the years. Her emphasis has been on professional endowments, student loan funds, and the Social Action Community Health System clinics.
Most recently Mrs. Jetton donated funds to name the James and Marge Jetton Amphitheater Pavilion in the new Centennial Complex, scheduled to begin construction later this year on the site most recently occupied by Gentry Gymnasium.
Dr. Jetton, who passed away a few years ago, was a 1934 graduate of the School of Medicine.
“Don’t spend your money on yourself. Think of what it could do for someone else,” is the way Mrs. Jetton sums up her philosophy of life.
By Richard Weismeyer