The late Kilian J. Schmitt, entrepreneur and public benefactor, is affectionately described by those who knew him in many ways: A true gentleman who believed in personal sacrifice and giving for the greater good. A friendly, cordial and kind fellow with a wry sense of humor who loved hamburgers and Mercedes with equal enthusiasm. A brilliant investor who was also modest, unassuming, trustworthy and straightforward – a “very down-to-earth guy.”
”He started out with nothing, but he was always grateful for what he had... He felt that he should return that to society.Roger LathanFormer Schmitt Foundation Director
The Kilian J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Foundation continues Mr. Schmitt’s legacy of bettering the Greater Rochester community through supporting effective health care, higher education, human services, medical research, and performing arts initiatives.
Who We Are
Board of Directors
James R. Ryan, Jr., President
James R. Dray, Vice President
Megan Henry, Secretary
Leon Fella, Treasurer
Jeffrey J. Harradine, Assistant Secretary- Mr. Harradine has been a director of the Schmitt Foundation since 2017. He is Senior Counsel at Xerox Corporation, and was a mentee of longtime Foundation director Alfred “Skip” Hallenbeck. Mr. Harradine is a strong proponent of learning at all levels, and is grateful for the opportunity to support creative educational initiatives through his service to the Foundation. Mr. Harradine may be reached at email@example.com.