“First as a voting trustee and later as a trustee emeritus, I don’t believe Ron missed a single Community Foundation Board meeting in our first 25 years of existence,” Gordon said. “This organization was his ‘baby,’ and he always wanted to keep a close eye on how it was developing. And in the 30 years since he led the effort to set us up as a stand-alone foundation, the Middletown Community Foundation has given back well over $40 million to our community, largely thanks to Ron’s early efforts.”
He was also instrumental in helping local philanthropist Miriam G. Knoll establish a private foundation in her name, serving on its grantmaking committee from its 1987 creation until he stepped down in 2013, also working as its part-time executive director for most of those years as well, Gordon said. Over that time, the Knoll Foundation has likewise contributed millions of dollars in grants to the greater Middletown area.
The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Middletown Community Foundation.