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San Diego Magazine Online
"In 1944, Donald N. Sharp, a 22-year-old Air Force lieutenant from San Diego, was killed in action during World War II. He was an only son, and his family was devastated. In 1950, Thomas E. Sharp donated $500,000 in his son’s memory to establish a hospital in San Diego for the benefit of the public. The family of Philip Gildred had already donated 12.5 acres of land in Kearny Mesa, and by 1953 ground had been broken for the Donald N. Sharp Memorial Community Hospital."