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A Former Librarian Donates Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars After His Death

| February 6, 2014

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – A Maine reference librarian who died last summer at 89 is still showing his generosity. The man who spent much of his life reading, volunteering at a hospital and bicycling around Portland has left hundreds of thousands of dollars to a variety of organizations. The Portland Press Herald said Franklin Talbot’s gifts became public when Southern Maine Community College announced it had received $253,000 for scholarships. He also gave $50,000 to the Portland Public Library, $50,000 to the Pine Tree Society, $50,000 to the Portland Parks and Recreation Department, $50,000 to the friends of the Kotzschmar Organ and up to $50,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Portland. The Rev. Jeanette Good of the State Street Church described him as “a person of profound empathy and compassion.”

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