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Soutter Family Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013 /   Loading Disqus...
Rhode Islanders since 1968, Thomas and Virginia Soutter moved here when Tom was recruited by Textron to serve on its legal staff. A graduate of the University of Virginia where he earned both his undergraduate and law degrees, Tom also served four years in the Navy and practiced corporate law in New York City before joining Textron.

An active community member, he was a trustee of the New England Legal Foundation, Providence Preservation Society, and Providence Performing Arts Center. He also served as the national chairman of alumni giving for the University of Virginia Law School and as an advisor to the International and Comparative Law Center. After a long and successful career, Tom retired from Textron as executive vice president and general counsel.

Ginny attended Skidmore College in Saratoga, NY, where her interests ranged from psychology to communications to the arts. She held jobs in teaching and testing while Tom was in law school and later became a full-time mother to the couple’s three children, Sam, Andy, and Hadley. It was then, too that she began to explore the contributions she could make to the community through volunteer work. Locally, she has been involved with organizations that include the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island, and Dorcas Place (now Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island).

It was through Ginny’s volunteer service at Dorcas Place that she was introduced to the Rhode Island Foundation. As a member of the Dorcas Place board, Ginny attended a planned giving workshop at the Foundation. That experience, as well as “hearing what others said about the Foundation and learning about their good experiences,” led Ginny and Tom to include the Foundation in their charitable plans.

Tom died last year, and this donor advised fund was established through his estate. Ginny will serve as the fund’s advisor and plans to include the couple’s three adult children.
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