Barrett Fund - Area Funds

William J. & Margery Barrett Fund

Margery Barrett (1910-2000) grew up in Adams, Mass. and was an integral part of the community she loved. She graduated from the former Adams High School and from the North Adams Normal School (now the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts) in 1929.


She was a teacher in the local schools as well as president of her church guild, a Sunday school teacher, member of the Adams’ Girls Club and an accomplished photographer. Margery married William Barrett, with whom she shared her life, until his death in 1969.

Margery established the Barrett Fund for Adams, Cheshire and Savoy to support a better quality of life in the towns she cared about, using Specialty Minerals stock inherited from family. She began the fund and increased her income during her lifetime by creating a charitable remainder trust. The fund awarded grants anonymously for several years, giving her the joy of seeing her generosity support organizations around her. Upon Margery’s death, the remainder of her trust was added to the fund, and at her instruction, her name was publicly announced for the first time.

What Does the Fund Support?

The fund supports elder services, arts programs, after school activities, environmental protection and a wide variety of community education programs. It also offers a pubic service award to celebrate individuals who make a significant contribution to the well-being of these towns through paid or volunteer work.

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About Cops
About Cops

Berkshire Nursing Families received a 2015 grant from the Barrett Fund. Photo by John Dolan.

About Barretts
About Barretts
Margery and William Barrett

Massachusetts Towns Served

  • Adams
  • Cheshire
  • Savoy

Advisory Committee

  • Dawn Canales, Cheshire, Chair

  • Dianne Cutillo, Adams

  • Gwen DeBlois, Savoy

  • Laura Dumouchel, Adams