Magowan Twins Bequeath Large Gift to Saint Francis Care

No One Knew Elderly Twins Next Door Were Multi-Millionaires  

(Hartford, Conn. March 20, 2014) - The Saint Francis Foundation recently received a $900,000 gift from a set of unassuming twins whose humble lifestyle belied their wealth. 

Kathleen and Robert Magowan, longtime residents of Simsbury, never attracted much attention during their lives. Kathleen Magowan taught first grade in Simsbury for 35 years while her brother Robert Magowan worked as an agent for Prudential Insurance and had served in World War II.  

The unrestricted gifts from Robert and Kathleen Magowan will be honored with their memberships in the Valencia Society. The Hospital will rename the library the Magowan Health Sciences Library, located on the first floor of the Innovation + Learning Center at Saint Francis.  

“The Saint Francis family is extremely grateful for the support and trust the Magowans have placed in Saint Francis to be a good steward of their gifts,” said E. Merritt McDonough, Jr. Saint Francis Foundation President and Chief Development Officer. 

Saint Francis was a very special place to Kathleen Magowan. She worked here for a short time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit after receiving her nursing degree.  

Neither twin ever married and they lived together in a modest home on Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury. When they passed away — Robert at age 85 in June, 2010, and Kathleen at 87 in August, 2011 — their obituaries gave no inkling of their wealth. 

Robert Magowan quietly invested his money and his sister’s, and at the time of their death, the pair were worth close to $10 million. 

It took their lawyers quite some time to untangle their hidden assets and attorneys sifted through financial documents, stock and bond certificates, including war bonds from the 1940s stored in a Quaker Oats can in their kitchen. 


About Saint Francis Care 

Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897.  Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England.  Other major entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare Partners.  Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and Home and Community Health Services is also a Saint Francis Care Partner.  Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a network of five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the region.  For more information, visit