July 10, 2013
Gregory E. Sterling, Dean
Dear Dean Sterling,
I would like to offer
School a gift in memory of my mother,
Barbara W. Keane, of Mt. Carmel, who named me after
professor, Douglas Clyde Macintosh. Divinity School
The gift is the remaining two plots in my family's cemetery holdings in Mt. Carmel Burying Ground, which I would ask the recipient to hold until a needy family presents themselves, hopefully a family of a
veteran. U. S.
I should think a student group at the
might take this on as a project.
It could last 20 years, until the right family appears and require no
more than a willingness to keep an eye open for a suitable recipient(s). Divinity School
You and i originally discussed this gift by phone ten weeks ago when i offered one of the plots to the Tsarnaev family whose late son was an alleged Boston bombing suspect in need of a place of burial.
It was not a happy phone call that day.
Perhaps you and I could reverse that here.
Since then I have offered the gift of the remaining plots to four possible recipients, and it has been refused all four times.
It is instructive that in this time of economic recession one can't seem to give a gift worth at least a thousand dollars away to
· the Mayor of
· the President of
Mount Carmel Congregational Church
Church of New Haven
all of whom / which have refused my offer.
Perhaps it has more to do with the publicity surrounding the giver than to the gift.
I draw your attention to the following post and videos on my blog. Link
As far as I can tell, acceptance of the gift would entail zero work on your part, merely keeping an eye out for needy recipients, preferably the families of
For me, the one vital component of the gift is that it be accepted in memory of my mother and that the recipient organization have some history in my mother's life.
I hope to hear that you have chosen not to become the fifth recipient who flees the taint of this gift's origin.
Paul D. Keane,
PS I am forwarding a copy of this letter to the former Mayor of Hamden, my childhood friend, Craig Henrici, who has monitored all four of my previous offers and their refusals. I am also forwarding a copy to Harry Adams, who had been my mentor for almost forty years, and to the four previous decliners of the gift.
Harry B. Adams, Chaplain Emeritus,
The Hon. Craig Henrici
Mr. Leng for Mayor Jackson
Ms. Kozak, President Legislative Council