On Wednesday, June 8, 2016, Representative Paul K. Frost (R-Auburn) and Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) joined Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito at the ceremonial bill signing to designate the Massachusetts Hospital School in the town of Canton as the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children. Dr. Martha Pappas, the wife of the late Dr. Arthur Pappas, was also present to witness the signing.
Representative Paul K. Frost (R-Auburn) commented, “I’m glad the Massachusetts Hospital School chose to honor Dr. Arthur M. Pappas by designating the hospital as the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital. As a lifelong resident of Auburn, he has helped develop recreational and educational facilities in the Town of Auburn to serve the community. His compassion and devotion to assisting children in Auburn and in communities across the Commonwealth is unmatched. Both he and his wife Martha have been true advocates for children and have shared their success to improve the lives of many others.”
“It was a tremendous honor to be at the signing for the renaming of this facility in memory of Dr. Pappas,” said Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury). “Dr. Pappas will always be remembered in Auburn, the Commonwealth, and across the Nation, for his years of pioneering work in the field of orthopedics, and for his lifelong commitment to academics, child advocacy, and philanthropy. It was also touching to spend time with his wife, Martha, who has also championed efforts to better the lives of children and those in need.”
Dr. Arthur Pappas served as the Chairman and supporter of the Massachusetts Hospital School Board of Trustees for 41 years. Dr. Arthur Pappas has dedicated most of his life to philanthropy, child advocacy, and academics in the Commonwealth. As a doctor and philanthropist, he had a strong commitment to helping children receive the care and assistance they need.
Dr. Arthur Pappas and his wife, Dr. Martha Pappas, volunteered in Auburn and became involved in many different town charities and boards. Through their generosity and love of sports, arts, culture and children activities they provided funding to help expand the gym and auditorium at the High School and to help build what is now known as the Pappas Fields Complex on top of Pakachoag Hill. They donated their time and money to many local and regional causes as well.