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Larry J. and Kay P. Hirsch Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 18, 2018 /   Loading Disqus...

The Hirsch family’s roots in Westerly go back to 1934 when Sam and Anne Hirsch opened Westerly Jewelry. Their son, Larry, was born four years later, grew up in Westerly, and still calls it home.

“Westerly is a great town. There’s so much happening here,” he states of the redevelopment of the downtown. 

A graduate of Westerly High School, Larry earned an undergraduate degree at Syracuse University before serving two years in a MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) unit in Frankfort, Germany. Returning to the States, he attended law school at Boston University and Suffolk University, graduating from the latter.

His career took him to Florida where he worked for the American Jewish Committee, served as a prosecutor for the City of Miami, and later worked for a firm in the savings and loan business. It’s also where he met his future wife, Kay, a native of St. Angelo, TX, who taught English at a middle school in Miami and later worked as a legal associate.

When Larry’s father became ill, the couple moved to Rhode Island to help at the jewelry store. Kay continued her career as a medical diagnostic coder at Westerly Hospital and Larry practiced at the Turano & Turano Law Office. And he became involved in local organizations, including serving 16 years as a director at the Washington Trust Company, as a member and president of the Westerly-Pawcatuck Downtown Task Force, on the board of Westerly Hospital for 10 years, and as the first president of the Westerly Education Endowment Fund.

But, he says, his real love is animals. He served as president of the former Chariho-Westerly Animal Rescue League and is past president and current trustee of Stand Up for Animals. And animals will be the focus of this donor advised fund. “My main goal is to help animals in need in Rhode Island, especially in South County,” he shares.

Long-involved with the Rhode Island Foundation through his civic engagement, Larry says, “I’ve always admired the Foundation and the way it operates. I like having a fund that will benefit the community in perpetuity.”

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