Many loved ones and friends have been remembered through contributions to the scholarship fund, from small tokens to generous bequests. Each gift, no matter how large or small, is a lasting tribute to the foundation’s purpose to provide opportunities for young people to further their education.
Four Bound Brook citizens who devoted their lives to education are remembered here.
Hugo, who was born in 1896 in Long Island City, NY, was encouraged by his mother, a retired teacher, to seek the best education possible.
He enrolled at Columbia University on a state scholarship and graduated in chemical engineering, eventually coming to Bound Brook in 1928 to work for Calco (American Cyanamid). His four children, Helene, Hugo (Bud), David, and Kathy attended the local schools and graduated from Bound Brook High School.
In an interview to mark his 90th birthday, he said he regretted that his commitment to his job, his wife, and his four children left him little time for community involvement. When the idea for the Penny-a-Day project came to him, he was determined to see it become a reality. His persistence paid off. In the spring of 1984, he met with a few citizens who agreed to become charter members of the scholarship foundation, and Hugo began to distribute jars to collect pennies throughout the town. He enlisted the help of business people in Bound Brook and South Bound Brook, and he agreed to match the first 1000 contributions of $3.65.
Hugo was an enthusiastic supporter of the first Evergreen Events and enjoyed meeting and chatting with visitors over a cup of punch and a cookie.
Hugo died in January of 1989 at the age of 92, but his dream did not die. His bequest of $10,000 continues to provide young people with a chance to further their education.
Ralph & Natalie Gallagher
Ralph and Natalie Gallagher were actively involved in education throughout their lives, and both had an intense interest in politics and government.
Ralph began his teaching career at age 18 as a science and mathematics teacher in Almont, Michigan, in 1920. He worked in the Elizabeth public school system as an industrial education teacher, curriculum coordinator, and guidance director. He served the Army and the State Department as an education advisor in West Germany after World War II before coming to Bound Brook in 1948 where he was Superintendent of Schools until his retirement in 1964. During his tenure, Smalley School was built, the old Lafayette School was demolished and a new one constructed, and a major addition to the high school was completed.
After retirement, he wrote a weekly column for the Bound Brook and Middlesex Chronicles under the heading “R.P.G.’s Commentary,” in which he expressed his views on many subjects including his continued interest in education. He was a past president of the Bound Brook Rotary Club and a member of numerous education associations. He died in November of 1988 at age 86.
Natalie Gallagher began her career in education teaching kindergarten in Algiers, Louisiana. After she and her husband moved to Bound Brook, she raised their three children, Ralph Jr., Patrick, and Natalie, and participated in the local P.T.A.s. She taught first grade classes during the 1950s and 1960s in the Elizabeth Avenue School in Somerset.
Natalie became involved in local community groups helping to organize the Rolling Hills Girl Scout Council and Bound Brook’s recycling program. She was an active member of Bound Brook’s Garden Club, the Woman’s Literary Club, the American Association of University Women, and the Garden State Postcard Collector’s Club. Her postcards of historic Bound Brook are a part of the Memorial Library’s permanent collection.
Natalie died in February of 1995 at the age of 84. She left a bequest of over $40,000 to the scholarship foundation.
Helene Kladivko Carter
Helene was born in 1922. She grew up in Bound Brook and graduated from Bound Brook High School. She had a zest for life, always wanting to learn and to try new things.
She moved from Brooklyn, New York, to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands when her husband was transferred by Chase Manhattan Bank to open a branch on the island. She enjoyed the challenges of life in the tropics, opening a small gift shop and volunteering in many activities. She stayed on after her husband died in October of 1980, but returned to Bound Brook when her father, Hugo, needed her. Soon she was busy in their Church Street house helping him and becoming an active supporter of this scholarship fund.
Helene became a member of the board after her father died in January of 1989, and served as treasurer for several years. She continued to volunteer her time and skills to the Bound Brook branch of the Literacy Volunteers of America and to the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program in Somerville.
Helene died in July of 2002 at age 80. She left $25,000 in her will to the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program (S.H.I.P.), which purchased a 30-foot long vehicle dubbed the S.S. Helene K. Carter. It serves as a place where people can get referral services, emergency clothing, H.I.V. testing, counseling, and other emergency assistance. She also left $25,000 to the Twin Boros Foundation, the educational project that her father began in 1984.
Bill Woldin’s untimely death on February 22, 2003, cut short a life devoted to community service, and the Twin Boros Scholarship Foundation was left without one of its founders and most ardent supporters.
Bill’s service to the community began in 1950 when he was elected president of Bound Brook High School’s Student Council. Education was important to Bill, and after graduating from Duke University, he became an active alumnus and recruited many young people from New Jersey to attend that institution.
He was involved in every aspect of his community from serving as Bound Brook’s chief financial officer to starting a boys’ recreational league so that all could play, to organizing flood relief, to planning the Bicentennial Celebration in 1976 and Bound Brook’s Tercentennial Celebration in 1981. Bill’s friendly easy-going manner helped him to persuade friends and neighbors to become active participants in many community projects.
In the spring of 1984, Bill agreed to help promote Hugo Kladivko’s idea of a “penny-a-day,” and he continued to work on every fund-raising project, as well as set up programs for different levels of membership.
Bill would have been pleased that so many contributed to the scholarship fund in his memory. We can imagine him saying, “Never thought Hugo’s idea would fly. Thanks.”