PRENTISS, ELISABETH SEVERANCE ALLEN (16 Nov. 1865-4 Jan. 1944) was a generous benefactress of educational, art, and medical causes. Recipients of her gifts included St. Luke's Hospital, the Cleveland Health Museum (see
Born in Titusville, Pennsylvania to Louis H. and Fanny Benedict Severance, Elisabeth was educated in Cleveland and graduated from Wellesley College in 1887. Elisabeth was twice widowed. On August 4, 1892 she married Cleveland surgeon
Continuing a family tradition of philanthropy, Elisabeth and her husbands provided building and/or operating funds for many institutions. She established the Allen Memorial Library in 1926 in honor of her first husband. She received the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce distinguished public service medal in 1928, the first woman so honored. In 1937 she succeeded her second husband as President of St. Luke's Hospital and continued his work in its expansion.
In 1939 she helped establish the
Severance Family Papers, WRHS.