Hewitt Fulton and the late Martha McNair Tornow were surprised several years ago to learn that Scotland Memorial Foundation had named their planned giving society the "Fulton-Tornow Society" in their honor. This well-deserved recognition was a way our Foundation expressed appreciation for the outstanding impact each of these generous, dedicated and selfless individuals has had on our health care system and community.
Hewitt Fulton moved to Laurinburg when his father became pastor of Laurinburg Presbyterian Church. Here he met Katherine, the love of his life. The two were married on a day so hot "candles were bending" and later became parents of two sons, Hew and Bill. Hewitt worked in Human Resources for Robbins Mills, and was subsequently drafted into the U.S. Air Force, spending a year in Korea. Post-air force, Hewitt worked for Ingraham Clocks (subsequently Toastmaster), and was delighted to be back "home" in Laurinburg. He eventually joined Libby Owens Ford as Human Resources Manager, and retired in 1998.
In the 1960's, Hewitt appreciated the opportunity to join the Scotland Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, though he probably didn't anticipate his involvement as board member (and chairperson) for a span of at least 50 years! Becca Hughes, previous Foundation Director, described Hewitt as "a most committed, attentive and dedicated volunteer and chairman (2001-2006) who made the Foundation a serious priority." It was under Hewitt's leadership that the Foundation thoroughly researched the establishment of a planned giving society.
Martha McNair Tornow, a "native" of Laurinburg, learned the importance of sharing from her mother, who taught Martha that "giving back" graciously was the responsibility of those who were "given a lot". She has spent her life doing so.
A Salem College alumna, Martha met her husband, retired veterinarian Win Tornow, when he was stationed at Laurinburg-Maxton Airbase during World War II. Martha and Win were married in 1943, and Martha became the busy mother of two daughters, Jane and Elizabeth, and one son, Mac. From volunteering for school and church projects, to Girl Scout activities, or as Becca Hughes remembers, "doing whatever she was asked, from stuffing envelopes, decorating for the Ritz, or contributing significant donations," Martha gladly participated. Martha McNair Tornow has honored her lifelong commitment to humbly share, exemplifying kindness and a noble spirit of generosity.
The Scotland Memorial Foundation and our community thank these two role models for their outstanding contributions to our community and, specifically, to Scotland Memorial Foundation. You can join the many who are members of the Hewitt-Fulton Society by making your generous donation to Scotland Memorial Foundation. Contact the office at 910-291-7543.
Sadly, the Foundation and this community lost a beloved friend and support when Mrs. Tornow passed away on December 17, 2010.
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