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Dick and Sue Basford Named 2017 FMH Good Samaritans of the Year


Photo of Award Presentation, featured from left to right: Tom Kleinhanzl, President & CEO, Frederick Regional Health System; Sue & Dick Basford; and Dan Schiffman, Chair, Special Gifts Committee.

Dick and Sue Basford were named Frederick Memorial Hospital’s 2017 Good Samaritans of the Year at a recognition event on May 3rd for some of the hospital’s most generous benefactors.

First presented in 1991, the FMH Good Samaritan of the Year award recognizes individuals whose lives have demonstrated “actions or achievements that have substantially advanced patient care, the economic health of the hospital, or the physical safety of its patients and personnel, as well as a selfless commitment to improving the quality of life in the entire Frederick community.”

Dick and Sue Basford were presented with the award in honor of their shared lifetime of community service and philanthropy. Longtime members of the hospital’s Order of the Good Samaritan, the Basfords are also active members of the FMH Auxiliary, contributing a combined total of well over 7,000 hours of direct patient and administrative service.

A native Fredericktonian, Dick Basford graduated from Frederick High School and continued his education at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. After graduating in 1969, he accepted employment with Etchison Funeral Home. After the retirement of A. Hart and Marjorie Etchison in 1971, Dick Basford became part owner of the funeral home with Frank R. Smith, Donald M. Fadeley and Robert W. Keeney. He retired in 2007. Sue Basford began her career as a Home Economics teacher at Brunswick High School. She took a job as a teacher at Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Wee Folk School, eventually becoming its director. Years later, she continued her career as an educator when she accepted a part-time position as an English as a Second Language (ESOL) instructor at Yellow Springs Elementary.

Dick served on the Board of the Frederick County Commission on Aging and the Frederick County March of Dimes-- for many years serving as the co-chair of their annual fundraising walk-a-thon. He was a longtime member of the Frederick Jaycees, president of the Catoctin Club and an officer of the Lions Club—including nearly 20 years as its Sight Conservation Chairman. He currently serves on the Community Foundation of Frederick County’s scholarship committee, and volunteers at the Community Action Agency and Frederick Rescue Mission. Sue Basford was one of the founding members of the FMH Cancer Patient Assistance Fund, a resource for local men and women who need help affording medications, nutritional supplements and other items associated with their diagnosis of cancer. She is a member of the Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick, an at-large member of the Frederick Rescue Mission Board of Directors, and has served as a Board member and volunteer at the Record Street Home.

“In addition to giving generously of their time and resources to Frederick Memorial Hospital, Dick and Sue have spent countless hours volunteering on behalf of some of our community’s most vulnerable members,” said local businessman and FMH Special Gifts Committee Chair Daniel Schiffman. “Both have focused their efforts on improving the lives of mothers, children and families, the elderly, the sick and the less advantaged. As one of their nominators put it, ‘they are the epitome of what it means to be community servants.’”