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Gift from local surgeon supports BSN, athletic programs

Monday, November 18, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—Hood College recently received a gift of $10,000 from a longtime benefactor that will support educational and athletic programs at the College.

During the past decade, Dr. Mark Chilton, a local orthopedic surgeon and supporter of a number of Frederick institutions, has contributed nearly $100,000 to Hood, earmarked primarily for the College's athletic and the bachelor of science in nursing degree completion programs.

"Dr. Chilton and his family have been generous supporters of Hood over the years sharing with us their time, wise counsel and financial resources," said Ron Volpe, president of Hood College. "They continue to be role models for others in their support of Hood and the Frederick community. The Hood family greatly appreciates what Mark and his family continue to do for the College."

Chilton, who was raised by a single mother in a very poor area in rural central Pennsylvania, was the first in his family to attend college. While his mother instilled in him the confidence to achieve any goal he set for himself, it was the support he received from his high school coaches, teachers, neighbors and medical professionals in his home town that enabled him to pursue a medical profession. He believes strongly in giving back and in helping others achieve life ambitions.

"Charity has always been important to me, especially in Frederick," said Chilton. "If it hadn’t been for people being good to me, I wouldn't be where I am today. So I try to give back in any way I can."

Chilton's support for Hood is rooted in his belief that the college plays an important role in the life of the community in which he lives and practices. He has served on the institution's board of associates since 2008 and as a team physician for Hood's basketball teams. His financial and professional contributions helped make a training facility for injured athletes in the new athletic center a reality.

"Mark has been very generous with his time and expertise in helping our basketball players overcome injuries and evaluate their fitness," said Tom Dickman, Hood's head men's basketball coach and athletic director. "As a former athlete, he knows what athletes go through physically and emotionally when trying to rehabilitate. He has been a very good friend and supporter of Hood College."

Chilton's wife, Sharon, a registered nurse, was an early proponent and supporter of Hood's BSN completion program. His son Matt earned a master of arts degree in humanities from Hood in 2011 and his son Daniel is enrolled in the College's master of science degree program in environmental biology.