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Sinclair Family Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 17, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...
The Sinclair family has a long history of community involvement and philanthropy. “You just help a little piece of the world and do the best you can,” Rosalyn Sinclair explains. The “little piece of the world” she has selected to help through this designated fund is Foster Forward and its work in mentoring post secondary achievements of foster youth. “I read about young people who age out of foster care and are left completely on their own. Knowing how much it takes to find the way to further education or to find a job, I knew I had to do something to help,” she says. “I came to the Foundation because of Foster Forward. The Foundation gives me a way to support something I believe in and provides a guarantee of oversight by caring individuals,” Roz says.

Her late husband, Joseph “Dody” Sinclair, also was civic-minded. “He was very philanthropic and happy to give,” Roz shares. A Moses Brown graduate, Dody attended Williams College and the U. S. Naval Academy. He served two tours in the Navy, first during World War II and later during the Korean War and went on to take control of the Outlet Company, which had been founded by his maternal grandfather, Joseph Samuels, and Joseph’s brother, Leon. His grandfather’s philanthropy included funding the construction of and providing an endowment in perpetuity for what is today the Samuels Sinclair Dental Center at Rhode Island Hospital.

Dody and Rosalyn, both widowed, blended their families and enjoyed 33 wonderful years together. She considers their good fortune and happiness to have been augmented by their ability to give back to their community.
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