Long-time Hoag Donors Richard & Virginia Hunsaker Make a Transformational Estate Gift to Hoag


It started as a ski date. College junior Richard Hunsaker asked Virginia Moses to join him on his fraternity’s ski outing to Idyllwild. She came home with a broken ankle and he came home with the conviction that he was going to marry her. They graduated in June of 1952 and were married in July.

With a degree in education, Virginia taught kindergarten for two years while Richard served in the Navy. Richard used the GI Bill to build a house on a lot in Glendora that his father had given them as a wedding present. Soon after, Virginia retired from teaching to become a mother and raise their children.

Four children, a move to Orange County, and twelve grandchildren later, Richard and Virginia are in the fortunate position of being able to give back to causes they’re passionate about – like the university where they first met, the arts, and Hoag.

As the Hunsakers have selected organizations to support over the years, they’ve always been inspired by the good work of people first and foremost. Richard said, “We feel inspired by the good things people are trying to accomplish and we want to help.”

Hoag donors since 1984, Richard and Virginia have watched Hoag grow from a small hospital into a significant community health care provider. When Richard was hospitalized at Hoag in 2004, the exceptional care he received left a profound impression on him. Feeling prompted to do more, Richard rolled up his sleeves and joined the Hoag Auxiliary, volunteering in the emergency room. His own experience as a Hoag patient added to his sense of compassion as he assisted patients and their families.

The Hunsakers recently notified Hoag Hospital Foundation that they have included a transformational $10 million gift in their estate to support the work of the Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute, as well as advancements in ophthalmology. In honor of their extraordinary generosity, the North Tower of Hoag Hospital Newport Beach has been named the Richard C. & Virginia A. Hunsaker Pavilion.

“We are incredibly grateful to Richard and Virginia Hunsaker for their commitment to Hoag,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, Hoag president and CEO. “Their legacy of generosity and compassion will impact care at Hoag for generations to come.”

Focused on philanthropy that both benefits a good cause and motivates others to get involved, the Hunsakers are grateful to be making a difference at Hoag.

“My wife and I hope that our gifts will inspire others to give, too,” Richard said, adding, “It’s the cumulative giving effect of many that makes the greatest impact.”

To that, Virginia added, “This community is extremely lucky to have Hoag so close by. We don’t need to drive to LA to receive stellar care – we have it right here.”

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