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Thomas & Maureen Moakley Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 4, 2019 /   Loading Disqus...

When Thomas and Maureen Moakley moved to Rhode Island in the mid 1980’s, they were delighted with the prospects of living in the Ocean State with access to sailing, a longtime interest of theirs. They were wary however, about leaving the many cultural amenities of New York, especially the theater. Looking back, they happily acknowledge that life in Rhode Island has far exceeded their expectations. 

“There’s so much theater here, and it’s great,” Tom says, with Maureen elaborating, “We went to Trinity, and it was delightful. Then we went to the Gamm which we love. And then Wilbury and all the other new and innovative performance venues in the state.” Both Tom and Maureen were raised in greater New York City. They met when Tom was pursuing a degree in electrical engineering at Villanova University and Maureen was studying history at nearby Immaculata University. They married soon after graduating.

After serving in the Navy, Tom began a career in the heating and air conditioning business in New York and New Jersey. He earned an MBA from New York University. Maureen earned a master’s degree from Stony Brook University, a Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University, and then taught at both Rutgers and Drew University. At the same time, the couple was raising three young daughters.

With the move to Rhode Island, Tom served as president of Gulton Industries in East Greenwich for 10 years. Since 1997 he has led Portsmouth-based International Manufacturing Services. Maureen’s teaching career took her to Boston College, Connecticut College and, in 1992, to the University of Rhode Island as a professor of political science. Now a professor emeritus, she writes extensively on state politics and is a regular on The Public Radio’s Political Roundtable.

Maureen has served on the boards of the Rhode Island Historical Society, South Ferry Church, Trinity Repertory, and South County Hospital, while Tom’s board service includes Trinity, Gamm, Histwick, and the North Kingstown Harbor Management Commission.

Tom and Maureen see this donor advised fund as a means to support organizations that are special to them, with a probable focus on theater and education.

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