History of the Richmond Eye Hospital

Virginia Fox Beveridge, the daughter of James and Amanda Crisp Fox, was born in the capital city of the state for which she was named. Her date of birth is not a matter of record. Her father served in the Confederate Army with the rank of captain, as officer in charge of construction of war vessels. The Fox family resided in a splendid home on Richmond’s Church Hill.

“Ginny” as she was called by all who knew her, was married in old St. Mark’s Church to Stephen Taylor Beveridge, son of John and Lucinda Carter Beveridge. Shortly after the marriage, Mr. Beveridge established the wholesale grain firm of S.T. Beveridge and Company which he headed as president until his death in 1939. There were no children of Virginia and Stephen Beveridge.

It is believed that Mrs. Beveridge was stricken with blindness in her later years. Although Mr. and Mrs. Beveridge traveled extensively and pleasurably for years, at this time, the journeys were always in search of a cure. An operation performed on her eyes partially restored her vision. She was so grateful for her small release from darkness that she resolved to make possible the most advanced-design institution where unsurpassed surgical techniques might be obtained by others like herself – even those persons unable to pay. This was the foundation of her dream, and the foundation on which Richmond Eye Hospital was built.

Richmond Eye Hospital, including ear, nose, and throat services, opened for patients on May 19, 1952.

Formation of the Richmond Eye & Ear Foundation

The mission of the Richmond Eye and Ear Foundation is to receive and maintain a fund or funds to use exclusively for the benefit of its charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes . Two committees of the Foundation supporting its mission are:

• Education & Outreach Committee –Partnering with community organizations, objectives are to oversee educational and grant-making activities in the fields of ophthalmology, otolaryngology, and oral maxillofacial surgery. The grant-making focuses on underserved, uninsured, or medically indigent children and adults in need of services ; improving access and outreach , providing healthcare education and/or preventive care.

• Scientific Research Committee – It’s main objective is to solicit and examine proposals for medical and research grants in the fields of ophthalmology and otolaryngology; providing start-up funds for new or novel ideas that will advance medical knowledge and treatment options for future patients.