Richard C. Hennessy Fund


Richard Hennessy, assistant administrator for Financial Services fought a lengthy battle with cancer and died at Memorial Hospital on February 25, 1991. Hennessy had been an assistant administrator at Memorial since 1978.

A Kentucky native, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 1972 after completing a tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force. A Vietnam veteran, Hennessy joined a national accounting firm in 1973, specializing in hospital audits. In 1975, he became Controller of the Pattie A. Clay Hospital in Richmond, KY. A Certified Public Accountant, Hennessy was the chief financial officer for the hospital and also served as treasurer for MHG & Physicians Corporation, secretary/treasurer for the MHG Development Foundation, and as past president of the Memorial Federal Credit Union from 1979 to 1985.

Hennessy received the MHG Development Foundation’s Donald Evans Sutter Award for his dedication, devotion, service and support to Memorial Hospital. On February 22, 1991, Memorial’s Board of Trustees passed a special resolution naming the Memorial Cancer Center in honor of Hennessy. The center is now known as the Richard C. Hennessy Cancer Center.

The Richard Hennessy Fund was set up through the Memorial Hospital Foundation to assist Memorial’s special needs patients with medications. The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is the main contributor to this fund.