Herbert S. Galkin Memorial Scholarship Fund
When David and Harris Galkin and Paula Wasser think of their father, three things come to mind: his love of family, his dedication to work, and his passion for boating.
Born and raised in Providence, Herbert graduated from Hope High School and earned a business degree from the University of Rhode Island. It was at URI where he met his wife, Trudy.
Their children attended Cranston High School West. “Dad was very involved. He attended all our activities. It was almost like he was going to school with us,” they recall.
Herbert worked throughout his career at American Insulated Wire Corporation, a Pawtucket-based company. While working his way up through the factory to vice president of sales, the company became a subsidiary of Leviton Manufacturing. His family shares that his hard work, dedication and business savvy was a cornerstone of the company’s success, as he earned the respect and reputation as a leader throughout the wire and cable industry.
“Herb had a passion for boating, where he would often connect with friends and business associates. Engine trouble was his call to action,” the children explain.
Herb loved Happy Endings...not only in the movies, but for family and friends. His homes and his boats were always open to those in need. He was generous with his time and advice, often encouraging others with his signature statement, “things will get better soon.”
And this was his belief for the State of Rhode Island. It was his home and found a place in his heart. He not only enjoyed all aspects of our state, but was very concerned that Rhode Island would survive and thrive.
Herbert served Temple Sinai as president and treasurer, supported Save the Bay, and was a trustee at URI. He was co-trustee of the Ira S. and Anna Galkin Charitable Trust until his death. The Galkin family first partnered with the Foundation in 1977 when the Ira S. and Anna Galkin Fund was established. This fund will provide scholarships for Cranston High School West graduating seniors to pursue secondary education or technical training in Rhode Island.