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Jewel R. Paley Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 7, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...
The late Jewel Paley’s love of Rhode Island and her belief in the value of a good education are the reason she established this fund, which forever will support education for Rhode Island youth.

“My mother felt very strongly that she wanted to give back to Rhode Island because it was very good to her. My father had been successful in his business in Rhode Island, and she appreciated that,” explains Sandy Lichtenstein.

“My parents felt education was very important. And they both realized not everyone has the means to get a good education,” Sandy continues, noting that each of Jewel’s seven grandchildren graduated from college, with most also earning graduate degrees.

Born in Toronto in 1918 and raised in Montreal, Jewel graduated from Cornell University at age 20 with a degree in liberal arts. In 1942 she married Lawrence Paley, a Harvard MBA graduate who was serving in the Army Air Corps. During the war, Jewel lived in Florida with her parents and volunteered with the Red Cross. After the war, Jewel and Larry lived in New Jersey for several years, before moving to Providence in the early 1950’s, when Larry had the opportunity to purchase Eddy & Fisher, a wholesale liquor distribution company.

The Paleys had three daughters, Sandy, Joan (Abramson), and the late Linda (Franklin). “My mother was always active in the Providence community, volunteered for the PTA, and was very involved in our lives,” Sandy recalls.

Jewel and Larry moved to Florida after Larry’s retirement. He died there in 1991, and Jewel moved back to Rhode Island in 2007. “She was socially and physically active her whole life. She took courses, read the New York Times every day, played bridge with friends, went to the symphony and theatre, and played tennis and golf into her 80s,” Sandy says.

“She always considered Rhode Island home. She thought Rhode Island was a wonderful place to live and to raise a family. She felt very fortunate that she and my father had a good life there,” Sandy states of her mother who died in March 2014, three weeks shy of her 96th birthday.
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