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The Peter M. Goodrich Memorial Foundation was created following Peter's death on September 11, 2001. It is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity with Tax Identification Number: 02-6147550.

Its purpose is to support the love of learning for its own sake, especially by those naturally curious, imaginative, dreamers like Peter, thought not well suited for it, and to encourage the search for those thin places that separate what we are taught to believe is true from what really is, give aid to those who unselfishly approach those perilous places, and help discover means of peaceful passage through them to clearer understandings of our natural world and its people.

The trustee of the Foundation is the Peoples United Bank. All decisions concerning payments by the foundation are made by a committee consisting of Peter's widow, his Bates College roommate and his father.

The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis on sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identify, age, physical ability, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under federal or state or local law.

The committee can be reached by e-mail at

"...the kind of hope I often think about... I understand above all as a state of mind, not a state of the world. Either we have hope within us or we don't; it is a dimension of the soul, and it's not essentially dependent on some particular observation of the world or estimate of the situation. It is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart; it transcends the world that is immediately experienced and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons... Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. It is this hope, above all, which gives strength to live and continually try new things."

Vaclav Havel, Former President of Czech Republic