Remembering friends

At Latham Centers, 2019 was a year of significant accomplishment and great joy, but it was also punctuated by sadness and loss. We remember four Latham friends we said goodbye to this year, including one staff member and three past Board members. We are forever grateful for their impact:

Russell S. Boles, Jr., M.D. passed away in February at the age of 96. He was a true friend and trusted advisor to Latham Centers, serving as a member of our Board of Directors from 1999 to 2010. Even though Dr. Boles officially retired from the Board, he continued to be a force in the development of our programs. In 2010, Dr. Boles was named an Emeritus member of the Board of Directors, and our Clinical Services Building on the Latham School campus in Brewster was named in his honor.

Barbara P. Swaebe served on Latham Centers’ Board of Directors and was instrumental in the creation of Latham’s Asinotherapy (donkey therapy) Program. Barbara also provided leadership in developing a Legacy Circle to benefit programming for the children and adults who call Latham home.

Charles H. Keenoy, who served on Latham Centers’ Board of Directors and was the parent of a Latham program participant, passed away on November 25th. Charles was very active on our Board, and he was a passionate advocate for individuals with disabilities. Charles’ leadership on our Board helped to shape and define Latham’s future.

Meredith J. Morgan, our Controller and friend for more than 13 years, passed away on November 28th. Meredith worked tirelessly to ensure the well-being of our students, residents, and the entire Latham Community. She has left an indelible mark on Latham Centers with her kind heart and dedication to our mission.

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