Lois Elliot Whitney, the founder of the Twigs, was born March 31, 1850. A daughter of a prominent miller, she attended local schools and studied art in Paris. Renowned for her artistic capabilities, she was founder of the Art Exchange, an organization dedicated to furthering art education in the city. Upon the death of her mother she was appointed to the Board of Lady Managers in 1885. Her dedication to the hospital manifested itself initially through her work staging entertainments for the Annual Donation, and later through the Twigs.
Miss Whitney's life was cut short when she died March 8, 1889, from peritonitis. (Hospital Review, March 1889)