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Foundation Art Gallery

Foundation Art Gallery

DOCTORS BEN & A, JESS SHENSON GALLERY
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History of Shenson:

Drs. Jess and Ben Shenson were the sons of a Russian immigrant who immigrated directly to San Francisco and a New Yorker who arrived here immediately after the 1906 earthquake. Both Jess and Ben attended Lowell High School and received their undergraduate and medical degrees from Stanford.

The Shenson brothers shared a love of music and a passion for collecting fine art. They specialized in collecting works by noted American artist Theodore Wores, whose painting’s topics range from the Bay Area to Hawaii and Japan. He was one the best know artists to capture the old Hawaiian lifestyle on canvas. His works hang in many museums including the Smithsonian and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and in the White House. The Shenson’s donated 48 Wores paintings to Saint Francis Hospital and created an endowment to fund their conservation, making Saint Francis one of the few, if not only hospital with a permanent collection of original oil paintings. These paintings transform the hospital with warmth, elegance and grace.

The Shenson’s practiced at Saint Francis for a combined 95 years and they developed lasting relationships with many of their patients, treating some families over 3 generations. They also treated many celebrities such as Don Ameche, Eartha Kitt, Rita Hayworth, author Tennessee Williams, and President Herbert Hoover, a Stanford classmate.

The Brothers were committed to the well being of their patients and Saint Francis. They too were known for their warmth, grace and elegance. They choose affiliation with Saint Francis because they felt the Hospital had very good nursing care, the doctors had total control of their patient’s care, and a good dietary department. Dr Ben Shenson had sat on the Hospital’s Board of Trustees and in later years, Jess Shenson sat on the Foundation’s Board of Directors, tirelessly raising money for the Hospital’s programs and services.