By Mary Katherine Stump
Delray Beach — Lucienne Driskill, of Delray Beach and Greenwich, Conn., passed away on May 17.
Mrs. Driskill was preceded in death by her husband, Walter S. Driskill, with whom she helped to found Dribeck Importers in 1967. Dribeck was the first importer of Beck’s beer in the United States. Mr. Driskill was also the former owner of the Baltimore Colts, serving as president and general manager.
Mrs. Driskill was a philanthropist throughout her life — even more so after the passing of her husband in 1998 — and was honored in 2005 as the Philanthropist of the Year for Palm Beach County. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Walter S. & Lucienne Driskill Center for Caring Excellence and the Walter S. & Lucienne Driskill Endovascular Center, both at Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach.
“She was an accomplished business woman,” said Kay Harvey, executive director of the Bethesda Hospital Foundation. “She was someone who saw a need and, because of her enormous heart, she was driven to fill it, regardless of the glamour involved.”
The Driskill Center for Caring Excellence at Bethesda Hospital is the first of its kind, a program that “recognizes and addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual needs” of Bethesda’s patients, in addition to their physical needs.
“She gave because wanted to impact others in a positive way and because she was interested in the individuals,” said Ms. Harvey. “She had a great wit and was very humble about her work with Bethesda.” Mrs. Driskill is the largest donor in Bethesda Hospital’s 50-year history.
Mrs. Driskill was also a dedicated member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Delray Beach, where she established the Driskill Education Center, which encompassed a gymnasium and classrooms.
A funeral service was held May 21 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Entombment followed at the Boca Raton Mausoleum.