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Bruce Fogel Charitable Fund

Although Bruce had not lived in Rhode Island for many years, it is local organizations that were important to him in his childhood that he chose to support through this permanent fund.

“He was a very unassuming person, very humble, and always played down everything he did,” Judy Fogel says of her late brother-in-law, Bruce Fogel, who died last May at age 86. And so it was with the Rhode Island Foundation where Bruce was an anonymous member of the 1916 Society.

Raised in East Greenwich, he graduated from East Greenwich High School before pursuing studies at the University of Miami’s School of Hospitality. His degree prepared him for a career in hotel management, initially in Miami followed by 25 years in New York City. “He liked to refer to himself as a hotel executive...as an innkeeper,” Judy recalls, noting that although the hotel where he worked was bought out several times, he remained at the same facility in New York throughout his years there.

Following an early retirement, Bruce traveled extensively and for 30 years wintered in Thailand, while maintaining his New York City residence. “He referred to himself as a world traveler, and he really was. He loved Thailand, especially its culture,” Judy explains.

“We always referred to him as a one’er because he always did his own thing, but he was close to the family as well...a very special person to the family.”

- Judy Fogel

Although Bruce had not lived in Rhode Island for many years, it is local organizations that were important to him in his childhood that he chose to support through this permanent fund. Judy shares that as a child Bruce spent a great deal of time at the East Greenwich Public Library, walking or riding his bike there from the family home. His support of the library is designated for capital projects or educational materials.

Bruce also was active in Boy Scouts, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, and was proud when his nephew Jared attained the Scout’s highest rank. Bruce also worked summers at Camp Yawgoog. The second designation for this fund is for the Narragansett Council Boy Scouts for the Camp Yawgoog Staff Scholarship.

“Those were his two loves, and he appreciated what each of them individually did for him,” Judy concludes.