in their own words: john & judy kittredge
A lifetime resident of Berkshire County, John Kittredge is a member of the Crane family and a former vice president of Crane and Company. John and his wife Judy both served in leadership roles for Berkshire Taconic funds that support students and nonprofits in central Berkshire County.
JOHN: I was brought up in a family where there was always involvement in charitable activity.
JUDY: I, too, had examples in my parents, who were active through boards, committees and church. Volunteering got us out into the community, dealing with all ages, which helps keep you young. It can enrich your life so much.
JOHN: Yes, that's one of the beauties of it. The cause that I've been involved with the longest is youth and the problems they face today. But I care about helping the elderly, youth and those in between.
JUDY: Our scholarship fund is the Zenas Crane Fund and the Winthrop Crane Fund for graduate students. It was set up in 1926 to help graduates of Wahconah Regional High. We've awarded nearly two million dollars over the years. When our fund's treasurer retired, I called Jennifer Dowley to get advice. Jennifer said, 'Judy, you should be with us.' We worked hard to accomplish the transfer to Berkshire Taconic. I can sleep better at night knowing it's there, and secure.
JOHN: I've been on committees for the Central Berkshire Fund. With this fund, our goal is to improve or sustain the quality of life for the people in the seven central Berkshire hilltowns by giving grants for various needs. The fund was started by David Mixer, who graduated from Wahconah in the 70s. He wanted to give back to the place where he grew up. There's a tremendous feeling of satisfaction and pleasure that you can do something for someone else and for the community.
JUDY: And just generally try to leave the world -
JOHN: - a little better.
JUDY: A little better after we're gone.