Named for Doctor David and Jean Kliewer, hospice pioneers and founders of Benton Hospice Serivce, now known as Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care, the Kliewer Society honors donors who have established planned gifts or provided for Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care in their wills. While recognizing our donors’ generosity, we hope their example will inspire others to consider this creative and effective form of philanthropy.
With planned gifts, donors demonstrate their abiding stake in our community. The Kliewer Society invites its members to participate in special events throughout the year that offer a deeper look at Lumina’s challenges and opportunities in the company of fellow donors.
We list the names of our Kliewer Society members in our bi-annual newsletter. However, if a donor prefers anonymity, we are glad to respect this wish.
Become a member simply by notifying us that you have included Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care in your estate plan or will. There is no minimum gift level and membership is lifelong and complimentary. We hope you will join us.
Find out more by calling our office at 541.757.9616.
Making a planned gift - one that benefits families facing end-of-life choices after your lifetime - is easier than you might think. Options include:
Dave Kliewer, a survivor of a WWII Japanese POW camp, returned from the war to medical school at Harvard. He was an pioneer in the new specialty of oncology/hematology, but recognized early on that "science" could only be a small part of medical treatment, especially for the very ill, and that compassion was paramount. For many years he was a leader of the medical community of Corvallis, and, especially, in the arena of medical ethics. He was a civic leader as well, and for these works he was awarded the Oregon Medical Association Doctor Citizen of the Year. His experience, wisdom, and compassion were revered by his peers and his patients. He was the gentleman's gentleman. In retirement, he returned to Japan to meet with, and forgive, the commandant of his POW camp. He was the father of hospice in Benton County, urging others to join him in the development of Benton Hospice Service, now known as Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care. His wife, Jean, was an inspiration as well, and a solid helm and anchor for Dave's work on the rough seas of medicine.