Humble couple’s generosity to Methodist driven by a sense of gratitude

Published On 06/28/2012

John Glass and Dotsie GrahamYou don’t have to spend much time with Dotsie Graham and John Glass to learn that there are two words that define them both as individuals and as a couple. Gratitude and faith are central to their personalities and their lives—and they are at the root of their motivation to support Methodist Healthcare. 

“I get up every morning and pray, ‘God give me the strength and grace to do your will,’” John says. “I'm not worth a hoot. It's the Lord that's given me everything I have.” 

Equally full of gratitude and faith

Dotsie has connections to the hospital that are both personal and professional. Methodist cared for her father and mother at the end of their lives. And she worked for Methodist for nearly two decades, first as a counselor for Methodist Outreach and later as vice president of behavioral health services for the system. 

“Methodist gave me my first job. They took a chance on me when I needed it. I am grateful for that,” Dotsie said. “And I'm just grateful that God has provided a hospital in Memphis with a strong Christian heritage.” 

Examples of their support are easy to find. They made a generous gift, along with Dotsie’s family, to build the Dorothy and James Graham Neuroscience Education Center, and Methodist University has two stroke suites named in Dotsie’s honor. 

ArtworkRemembering their blessings

When they attended the grand opening of the Women’s and Children's Pavilion at Methodist Germantown, they noticed there was no music or art. Soon after, they provided a beautiful player piano for the lobby, and John, an avid art collector, commissioned artist Lisa Dyess to create several pieces especially for the facility. 

His favorite hangs in the chapel and depicts a church with the words,
"Son, I love you. Have you said your prayers?”
“That's what my daddy said to me before he died,” John said.
“I've never forgotten that.”

And they haven’t forgotten what Methodist has done for them and their family and what it continues to do for Memphis. 

Mutual admiration

“The Associates that I worked with and the Associates that have cared for our family have represented the epitome of that Christian focus,” Dotsie said. “What we're trying to do is give back in a way that not only touches the patients but also touches the Associates.” 

For John, the feeling is mutual. “She loves the hospital, and I love her, so I love the hospital,” he said. “This is our way of saying thanks.”

This is just one of the many moving stories of faith and health from our 2011 Annual Report.  To read more, click here.

Photo: Long-time supporters Dotsie Graham and John Glass are a couple with a purpose.