Daughter Carries Out Her Father's Lasting Legacy
How One Family Made a Difference at Children's Mercy
Following a business career that included service as a comptroller for the IRS, E.B. "Jack" Dressler found a second profession in the field of development and spent his twilight years raising funds for Children's Mercy.
He roamed Missouri in the 1970s and 80s, meeting with county commissioners to ask for help subsidizing expenses incurred by residents of their communities. His daughter, Jean, often joined him on these trips. Together, this duo increased the visibility of Children's Mercy throughout the region.
Jack's wife also cared for and supported Children's Mercy, having rallied a sewing group that made bags and dolls for patients.
Jack also enjoyed encouraging donors to remember the hospital in their wills or trusts, and was pleased to watch Children's Mercy grow and expand as a result of his efforts and the generosity of those friends and benefactors with whom he worked.
Jean occasionally had the opportunity to accompany her father on tours of the hospital, where he showed prospective donors the complex care offered and identified equipment and programmatic needs they could remedy.
Jean later left Kansas City and attended the University of Kansas. After she married, Jean and her husband moved to a farm in his hometown of Anthony, Kan. There they raised two daughters and one son.
Caring for Family and Children's Mercy
Jack died in 1988, but through thoughtful planning was able to provide for Jean in his trust. To honor her father's commitment, Jean has included in her estate plan directions for a portion of her assets to go to Children's Mercy in the event that her children predecease her.
In addition to her support as a member of the Children's Mercy Legacy Honor Roll, Jean gives to various efforts at Children's Mercy including hearing and speech, cardiology, and research. At Christmastime, she likes to send a donation to Children's Mercy as her gift from herself to herself.
Jean encourages everyone to include a charitable provision in their wills or trusts, and to make giving to Children's Mercy and other organizations that are close to their hearts a priority.
Children's Mercy appreciates Jean Barber for carrying on her father's passion for creating healthier, happier futures for the young patients we serve.