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Ronald G. Stevens and Patricia E. Moore Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013 /   Loading Disqus...
“There’s such a profound need out there. We asked ourselves, ‘How could we not do this?’” Patricia Moore says of the decision she and her husband, Ronald Stevens, made to start a donor advised fund at the Foundation. “There are four areas we’re especially interested in – poverty, health, education, and the environment.”

The couple’s philanthropic interests are aligned with their backgrounds and community work. Born and raised in Creve Coeur, MO, Ron shares that he always loved science. He earned an undergraduate degree in physics from DePauw University (Greencastle, IN), served two years in the Army, then continued his education at Rutgers University where he received two master’s degrees in environmental science and physics.

His career brought him to Rhode Island in 1974 when he began working at the Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center on the Bay Campus of the University of Rhode Island (URI). He stayed nine years, leaving to work at Electric Boat in Groton, from which he retired after 27 years.

Patricia, a native of Portland, ME, earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Maine and a Masters of Business Administration at URI. During her career she worked in diverse management positions in Tufts and Brown teaching hospitals; she also served on state and national task forces on health policy.

Their extensive community work includes volunteering for nonprofit organizations addressing poverty, healthcare, and the environment. Both have served on Rhode Island Department of Health advisory committees. Currently, Patricia is a URI Master Gardener, a member of the Kingston Hill Gardeners, and is a Rhode Island Tree Steward. Ron is active in the Kingston Congregational Church.

Of their decision to partner with the Foundation for their philanthropy, Ron says, “We were searching for a community organization that would carry out our wishes. We wanted to be part of a larger force in the community, and we wanted to deal with respected financial stewards for our funds.”
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