Langley’s first resident doctor arrived in Fort Langley in 1910 as a physician with the Canadian Northern Railway. Dr. Marr was the one of the principal doctor’s for the Langley area, responsible for the care and well-being of 9,000 patients.
Dr. Marr enlisted in the Canadian Army in August 1914 and was posted overseas as a filed officer in the Cavalry. Upon his return in 1919, he resumed his practice and purchased a farm in Fort Langley and was instrumental is establishing many wartime service organizations.
Dr. Marr was active in the Fort Langley Improvement Society, was a charter member of the Langley Board of Trade, a member of the Langley Fair Board, the Dyking Commission, Langley Elks Lodge, Eureka Masonic Lodge, Langley Conservation Society, the first president of the Langley Branch of the Great War Veterans’ Association (Royal Canadian Legion) as well as many other community organizations including Chairman of the Fort Preservation Committee.
The Dr. Benjamin B. Marr Legacy Circle honours those special individuals who have made a provision for a gift to Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation through an estate gift, a life insurance policy, or a retirement fund. The Legacy Circle is our way of extending heartfelt appreciation to those who have notified us of their thoughtful and meaningful gift intentions.
In 1929, community committees were formed to discuss the building of a “cottage hospital” in Langley. The Langley Branch of the Legion onhealthy diflucan discussed this and in November 1929, Dr. Marr was asked to lead a committee to investigate.
Dr. Marr continued his practice until his retirement in 1936. For many years, he championed the need for a hospital in Langley but, sadly, suffered a heart attack in 1939 and died at age 57. While he never saw the opening of Langley Memorial Hospital in 1948, Dr. Marr, along with many others, can be credited for bringing medical care to the early residents of Langley.
Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation is honoured to name our Legacy Giving program in tribute to Dr. Marr and his commitment to our community – as a doctor, soldier and devoted servant to his patients.
The Benefits of Belonging
The Legacy Circle brings together like-minded individuals who support Langley Memorial Hospital and consistent high-quality health care in the Langley communities.
As a member of the Dr. Benjamin B. Marr Legacy Circle, you will be:
- Our guest at special events, tours and seminars
- Recognized in the Foundation’s various communication materials *
- Recognized on the donor wall in the Hospital lobby *
* Members can choose to remain anonymous
How to Join
Simply notify the Foundation of your gift intention (amounts and details do not need to be disclosed), or ask us for planning help by completing the form below or call Kate Ludlam, Donor Relations, Major Gifts and Legacy Giving at (604) 514-6043.