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Taylor Strong Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 27, 2018 /   Loading Disqus...

“Rhode Island is special. I can’t think of anywhere I’d prefer to live,” says Dexter Strong, with his wife, Maureen Taylor, adding, “The state has a lot to offer.”

They continue, “The quality of life is good here. We want to preserve it…and make it better.”

They see this donor advised fund helping them with the goal of making it better. “I’d like to see what can be done to help young people in the city and to give the area an economic boost,” Dexter states.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Dexter earned an undergraduate degree from Tufts University and a master’s in education from Harvard University. He pursued an interest in educational technology, working initially at WGBH in Boston where he met Maureen.

A native of Bristol, Maureen earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history, as well as a certificate in creative writing, from Rhode Island College. In addition to WGBH, Maureen worked for the Rhode Island Historical Society, Houghton Mifflin, and the New England Historic Geological Society before launching Maureen Taylor: The Photo Detective.

A frequent speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history, Maureen explains, “I know how to make sense of photographs and family history. My skills live at the junction of history, genealogy, and photography.” She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe, and has appeared on The View and The Today Show.

Dexter’s career has taken him to Polaroid and such well-known pharmaceutical companies as Johnson & Johnson and Abbott Labs. Presently, he is consulting with Pennsylvania-based LiquidHub.

The couple moved from the Boston area to Rhode Island five years ago, soon after the younger of their two children graduated from high school. Their local philanthropy has supported historic preservation, cultural organizations, education, libraries, and groups working with the homeless.

By working with the Foundation, they believe, “There is a potential to benefit a lot of different organizations. The Foundation supports all the things that give us all a better quality of life.”

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