Who We Are
Amanda has served as president and chief executive officer since the Foundation’s inception in late 2002. She is responsible for all areas of grants administration and all daily office operations.
Joanne G. Larson, niece of Owen & Alice Gorman, is the Chair of the Board of Trustees and treasurer for the Gorman Foundation. She has held these positions since its inception in 2003.
Dr. Jim Sullivan is a trustee and the vice president for the Gorman Foundation. He has held these positions since its inception in January 2003. In addition, Jim serves on the Advisory Board for Save the Light, Inc. in Charleston, SC.
Peg joined the Gorman Foundation in the summer of 2010 as Executive Assistant. She assists Amanda with the daily operation of the office. Peg came to the Foundation with 35 years of Customer Service in the hospitality field retiring from USAirways and Turning Stone Resort properties.
The Gorman Family
Alice M. Gorman
Alice M. Gorman, the youngest of nine siblings, was born on January 5, 1925, in Waterville, NY. As a child Alice was raised in Waterville, Earlville and Camden, NY. She graduated from Camden High School and received a degree from the Central City Business Institute(CCBI).
Following her graduation from CCBI, Alice relocated to Los Angeles, California, where she was employed as a personnel director of Universal Studios. She married Donald U. Dotts, who died in 1951. An accomplished pianist, Alice performed in various concerts and churches throughout the LA-area. In 1963, she moved to Chicago, Illinois, where she married Dr. Walter J. Kirstuk and assisted him in his medical practice until his death in 1988. In 1989, she moved to New York City and managed the law practice of Owen T. Gorman, whom she married in 1997. Mr. Gorman died in 1999. At that time Alice took over the financial management of their extensive investments and was successful in increasing their financial wealth.
Alice loved classical music, opera, and playing her grand piano. She was active in the Lithuanian Society and was involved with the Franciscan Sisters at Mount St. Francis Convent in Peekskill, NY. Alice was an avid supporter of her church and attended Mass every Sunday. She enjoyed cooking and took pleasure in preparing traditional Lithuanian meals. One special attribute of Alice’s was her engaging personality. Everyone who met her was left with memories of her warmth and friendliness.
Alice died in 2002 of breast cancer.
Catherine (“Kay”) Cummings was born in Utica, NY in 1903, the oldest of nine brothers and sisters. She graduated from Cazenoiva Seminary in 1925 where she was known for her grace and style. She was employed by George Jr. Republic as an administrative assistant to the founder of the organization and worked both in Freeville, NY and New York City.
While in NYC, Kay contracted tuberculosis and sought treatment at the Trudeau Institute at Saranac Lake, NY. She settled in Saranac after her recovery and became a well-known local figure.
Kay loved history and reading and urged her brothers and sisters to pursue higher education. She loved to write letters to her family and they were often filled with sought-after advice.
It was at Trudeau that she met Owen T. Gorman, a prominent New York City attorney. They married and made NYC their permanent home. Kay assisted Owen in his law practice until her death in 1977.
Owen T. Gorman
Owen T. Gorman was born in 1906 in Queens, NY, into an Irish immigrant family of very modest means. He was the only son of four children. He attended parochial schools and won many medals and awards for being an outstanding scholar. After graduation from high school, he began his studies at the Fordham School of Law. Owen worked full-time in addition to attending classes. His hard work paid off when in 1929 he graduated from Fordham at the top of his class.
Owen began his law practice in New York City but had to put this on hold after contracting tuberculosis. He received treatment at the Trudeau Sanatorium in Saranac Lake, NY. At the Hospital he met his first wife, Catherine Cummings (“Kay”), a lovely young woman who would visit him each day and read to him. They fell in love and were soon married.
Upon his return to NYC, Owen continued in his law practice as a Corporate Tax Attorney, specializing in real estate and tax law. Among the companies he represented were American Sugar, Coca-Cola and JC Penney, just to name a few. In addition to compensating Owen monetarily for his services, he was also awarded stock in many of the companies he represented. This sparked his interest in the investment world. Owen read The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Barron’s daily. He became a gifted investor and this was the beginning of his financial wealth.
One of the most unique things about Owen was the hours he kept. He slept during the day and worked all night. Of course this presented a problem for meetings and court cases but it was solved by clever scheduling and skipping a few hours of sleep when necessary.
Owen had a keen sense of humor and could break into an Irish song at a moment’s notice. He also related many humorous stories about his life experiences when he could. Owen loved to vacation in Miami Beach, FL, Saranac Lake, NY or his summer home in Montauk, Long Island.
Owen and Kay lived modestly but were silent, generous benefactors to several charitable organizations throughout their lives. One of his favorite charities was the Franciscan Sisters of Peekskill, NY. His sister, Jane Thomas, was a member of this order and had also served as President of Ladycliff College.
When his beloved wife died in 1977, her youngest sister Alice came to NYC to assist Owen with his law practice. They were later married in 1997. Owen died in 1999 at the age of 93. It was his wish that his money would form a foundation so that others could benefit from his good fortune.