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TFH dining room to be dedicated Sunday

Amanda Butler, Sierra Sun

In 1949, Richard Joseph donated 2.75 acres to the town of Truckee, so that a hospital could be built to serve the community. Tahoe Forest Hospital now sits on that land.

Joseph, an Armenian immigrant who escaped Europe during World War II with his two sisters, thought having a hospital situated in Truckee was crucial for the town’s residents.

Kerry Kilcoyne, of the Tahoe Forest Hospital Foundation, recounted the particulars of the donation.

“According to Bob Tilton, who knew Richard Joseph personally, there were two reasons the family decided to donate the land,” said Kilcoyne. “The first was that the distance to Reno was life-threatening for many people.

Secondly, Richard believed that visiting relatives that were in the hospital in Reno was too difficult and he felt it was important to be with loved ones.”

Joseph donated the land in honor of his son, Levon, killed in action during WWII.

The hospital later cared for Joseph’s ailing sister, Roxie Joseph Archie, who died in the Extended Care Center of TFH in 1997.

To commemorate Roxie’s memory and honor the last of the three Joseph siblings, Azad Jospeh McIver, the TFH Foundation will dedicate the newly remodeled dining room by naming it the Roxie Joseph Archie Dining Room.

“We want to thank (Azad) and recognize her for all she’s done for this hospital,” said Kilcoyne. “She is such an adorable lady … with such a fantastic story.”

Azad, who is nearing 90, still lives in Truckee and has continued to support the hospital over the years.

The dedication will take place on Sunday, June 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the extended care facility at the hospital.

“We decided that Azad would enjoy a tea party,” said Kilcoyne.

“So along with unveiling a plaque, we will also serve tea.”

For more information on the upcoming dedication and tea party call the Tahoe Forest Hospital Foundation at (530) 582-3475.


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