Gregg and Sandra Sims
Gregg and Sandra Sims, Westcott Fellows of Distinction, and parents of generational donor Cathy Snyder
Initial involvement with WHF: Gregg and Sandra joined the
Foundation as Westcott Fellows in 1984. Subsequently, they have pledged
to several projects of the Foundation including the Norman D. Burkett
Building in 1987 and the Emergency Department renovations in 1991.
Current Involvement with WHF: In 2013, Gregg and Sandra increased their giving to the Westcott Fellows of Distinction level, joining a select group of generous individuals dedicated to excellence in health care in Dalton and the surrounding communities. Gregg and Sandra's commitment to Hamilton Medical Center extends beyond their financial support to include professional contributions toward Hamilton. Their architectural firm has assisted with many renovations and expansions at Hamilton Medical Center over the years.
Background: Gregg was born in Athens, Georgia in 1940 and lived in the beautiful town of Madison, Georgia among the fine old antebellum homes there. Just as he entered high school, his family moved to Atlanta and then to Statham, Georgia, a small town near Athens. After graduating from high school, Greg was accepted into the Georgia Institute of Technology, and was able to pursue his dream of becoming an architect. He completed his studies at Georgia Tech in 1966.
Sandra was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1945, just as WWll was ending. Her father, Dr. Lloyd Yeargin and her mother, Ruby, moved to Dalton in 1951. Dr Yeargin, a general practitioner who practiced in Dalton from 1951 until his death in 1976, was one of the original investors in property for Hamilton Medical Center when it was moved to its present campus on Memorial Drive. Dr. Yeargin’s practice was in the building that now houses Hamilton’s Marketing Department and EMS.
Greg and Sandra married in 1966, the same year he graduated from Georgia Tech. Soon they were blessed with a daughter, Catherine Anne (now Cathy Snyder). Gregg’s career was interrupted when he joined the United States Marine Corps in 1967. While in the service of his country as an officer of an infantry platoon in Vietnam, he participated in some of the major engagements of the war for which he was awarded a Purple Heart, Bronze Star with a Combat "V" and other unit awards. While stationed in Hawaii, Gregg and Sandra had another wonderful daughter, Sheridan Lee, whom they affectionately call their “pineapple."
Greg and Sandra returned to Dalton in 1972, and Gregg went to work for Derthick and Henley, an architectural firm in Chattanooga. In July 1977 (07-07-77!), Gregg started his own firm in Dalton, and he and Sandra settled down to raise their family.
Gregg has been involved in many architectural projects through the years, from designing the plans for an underground house in Virginia to the bell tower at Dalton State College to industrial plants, banks, and private residences, to renovations at Hamilton Medical Center. Sandra has been right by his side, working alongside him in the office.
Gregg and Sandra have always been active members of the community. Among other areas of interest, they enjoy the arts. Gregg first began volunteering with the Creative Arts Guild years ago when he joined other community members to help hang exhibits, since at the time, there was no gallery director. He eventually served on their board, and is now a trustee, while Sandra continues her work as a busy volunteer.
Gregg and Sandra love to travel, and one of Gregg’s hobbies is creating pen and ink drawings to journal their travels, rather than relying on photographs. More recently, Gregg performed in Dancing with the Stars in Dalton where he had great success in raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Association, not to mention his ability to cut a rug on the dance floor. Gregg and Sandra are as involved today in the community as they were when they first began volunteering over 40 + years ago.
In Their Own Words…Why We Give to the Foundation: “We live in this community. It is our home. The services that Hamilton offers have been used by many members of our family. More than likely, going forward, we or some of our family and extended family and friends will continue to need the services that Hamilton provides. What better institution can you support than one that affects your life so directly?”
What Excites You about the Cancer Institute? “The new Cancer Institute promises to provide the community with the latest in medical care and advanced treatment options locally. We emphasize the word local as we are pleased that our local families will be able to stay close to home during what is a difficult period of time during the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. How wonderful that our hospital has the opportunity to offer this level of care to the residents of our community.”
Gregg and Sandra, you are true community servants who devote your time and energy to making Dalton a great place in which to live and work. We love your infectious community spirit. During this holiday season, we simply say thank you for all that you mean to us at the Foundation, and to so many others here in our community.