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A Legacy of Care: The Gifts of Dr. Seldom Overlock

November 5, 2015
Authored by Pamela Watts, DKH Development Director

Dr. Seldom Burdon Overlock was a tall, imposing man. He also had a big heart.

The gift he left to Day Kimball upon his death in 1934 is an important legacy, enhancing services provided at our community hospital to this very day.

Dr. Overlock arrived at Day Kimball in 1894, the year the hospital was being built. He became Chief of Staff with a practice spanning all aspects of medicine and surgery.

When he died at age 74 following a long illness, he left $5,000 for the purchase of instruments and apparatus for Day Kimball’s operating room. He left another $5,000 to the hospital to be used as a ward bed for “an indigent citizen of Pomfret.”

Finally, after bequests to some relatives, Dr. Overlock left the bulk of his estate, in trust, to Day Kimball to be used for future additions or reconstructions at the hospital, “…with permanent, modern material.” 

That visionary gift from Dr. Overlock - who cared so much for his patients and the community hospital they depended upon - is now valued at more than a million dollars. A portion is currently being used to upgrade the Operating Room suites at Day Kimball Hospital.


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