Remembering Brian

dale-mutter-nurse.JPGThe cards arrived at Cynthia and Collier Baird III’s home like clockwork every Christmas with a handwritten note from the nurse who cared for their son, Brian, more than 40 years ago.
Recently, the Bairds wanted to express just how much this meant to them by making a bequest to the hospital in Brian’s memory and in nurse Dale Mutter’s honor along with the entire pediatric staff.
“Brian was probably one of my very first patients,” says Mrs. Mutter who retired from the hospital this past spring. “I got very close to the parents; he was their only child at the time.”
“She cared for our son as if he were her own,” says Mr. Baird. “She and the other nurses sent food to our home and took my wife out to lunch after our son died to make sure she was OK. If that isn’t caring, I don’t know what is.”
For more information about making a bequest, contact Cynthia W. O’Donnell, JD, director of gift planning, at 973-593-2418 or

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