A True Gentleman

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
Our Mission

Our Purpose

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 an attorney and partner in the law firm of Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy, where he was mentored by 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.

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