Published on March 22, 2021

The Timothy and Abigail B. Walker Lecture Fund Awards Concord Hospital $6,000 to Support What's Up Doc? Lecture Series

The Timothy and Abigail B. Walker Lecture Fund has awarded Concord Hospital $6,000 to support the Hospital’s popular What's Up Doc? lecture series for two years.

Sponsored by Concord Hospital Trust, the monthly presentations feature members of Concord Hospital’s medical staff speaking to donors and community members about new and innovative medical treatments and services.

“Concord Hospital Trust is grateful that the generosity of the Timothy and Abigail B. Walker Lecture Fund will enable us to continue to inform the community about the Hospital’s high level of care through our What’s Up Doc? series,” said Deanne Pelletier, Concord Hospital Trust Senior Philanthropy Officer.

Because of COVID-19, What’s Up Doc? presentations moved from in-person luncheon meetings to virtual programs for the time being.

In past years, the Walker Lecture Fund supported Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care’s annual lecture about cancer care and research.

“The What’s Up Doc? virtual series of lectures, while not specifically about cancer, still fulfills the purpose of the trust: ‘the procurement of free concerts and lectures upon the subjects of history, literature, arts or science,’” said Allwynne Fine, treasurer of the Walker Lecture Fund trustees. “The trustees are pleased that the Hospital is presenting this free, virtual, and educational programming and are happy to support it.”

Concord’s Walker Lecture Series grew from an 1892 bequest of $30,000 in the will of Abigail B. Walker, widow of Timothy Walker. The first programs were presented in 1896, and more than 1,500 free performances, lectures and cultural events have been given since then.

To view What’s Up Doc? presentations, visit Concord Hospital’s YouTube channel at

To learn more about the Timothy and Abigail B. Walker Lecture Fund and the Walker Lecture Series, visit

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