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Nancy E. and Fred R. Tripp Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 11, 2019 /   Loading Disqus...

Through the years, Nancy and Fred Tripp developed strong ties to the Town of Barrington. Nancy was raised in the East Bay community, graduated from Barrington High School, and later taught in one of the town’s elementary schools. The couple raised their family in Barrington and lived most of their 44 years of married life there. And it is a Barrington organization, St. John’s Episcopal Church where the couple married and their children were baptized, that forever will be supported by this designated fund.

Fred Tripp was born in New Bedford, MA, and graduated from Dartmouth (MA) High School and New Hampton (NH) School. He continued his education at the University of Vermont before entering the insurance industry and the Coast Guard Reserve.

After high school, Nancy’s studies took her to Vermont College where she earned an associate degree, followed by Curry College in Milton, MA, where she earned a bachelor’s degree, majoring in elementary education. She taught fourth grade in Whitman, MA, before returning to Barrington to teach fifth and sixth grades.

Fred joined Starkweather and Shepley in 1968 and served the East Providence-based insurance brokerage firm as president from 1998 until his retirement in 2008. He died in 2014.

“It was a wonderful life with my husband,” Nancy says, sharing that once the couple had children – Peter, now in the real estate development business, and Sara, a stay-at-home mom whose husband works at a hedge funds investment firm – she stayed home and did private tutoring in their home. “We both knew the importance of volunteering. I was interested in working with children in the schools and Fred served on many community boards,” Nancy says.

She credits Fred with planting the idea for a fund at the Foundation. “Fred believed the Rhode Island Foundation was a wonderful place, and he knew the funds there grew and were used to help the community forever. He really inspired me, and I feel confident the fund will be invested well. I respect the Foundation’s dedication to use the funds responsibly and trust that the community will be a brighter place for those in need.”

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