Kenneth J. and Hannah E. Dorney Fund
Throughout their 57 years of marriage, the late Kenneth and Hannah Dorney were devoted to their church and to local Masonic organizations. Now, through the Kenneth J. and Hannah E. Dorney Fund, their names will forever be linked to the organizations around which they built their lives together.
Born in Providence, Kenneth grew up in Warwick where he attended Gorton High School. While still in school, he joined the Army and served in New Guinea and the Philippines during World War II. He later earned his high school equivalency at Central High School and started working at Leesona in Warwick, operating textile machines.
He and Hannah Kindley married on New Year’s Day, 1949. A Warwick native, she graduated from Gorton High School in 1941, then worked as a bookkeeper and office manager for several small jewelry companies in Providence.
After seven years at Leesona, Kenneth joined the U.S. Postal Service for what would become a 38-year career. In a 2006 interview, he said, “Working for the Post Office was a rewarding job. You had a chance to meet so many people… (and) you got to be part of their extended families.”
In 1954, he joined the Masons and held offices on the chapter, council, and grand council levels, culminating in 1987 when he was elected Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of the Royal and Select Masters of the State of Rhode Island. Hannah also got involved, and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Seven organizations will benefit from this fund: three honor the couple’s long Masonic involvement, two honor their church affiliation, and two honor their interest in children. As Kenneth noted in 2006, “The youth are our future.”
Of the Rhode Island Foundation, he stated, “I fell in love with the Foundation when I read about it. When you give directly to an organization, they spend it and forget all about you. This way, they’ll continue to get a gift from us every year.”