Portland librarian spreads wealth after his death


PORTLAND (AP) — A Maine reference librarian who died last summer at 89 is still showing his generosity.

The man who spent much of his life reading, volunteering at a hospital and bicycling around Portland has left hundreds of thousands of dollars to a variety of organizations.

The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1e4er9q ) said Franklin Talbot’s gifts became public when Southern Maine Community College announced it had received $253,000 for scholarships.

He also gave $50,000 to the Portland Public Library, $50,000 to the Pine Tree Society, $50,000 to the Portland Parks and Recreation Department, $50,000 to the friends of the Kotzschmar Organ and up to $50,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Portland.

The Rev. Jeanette Good of the State Street Church described him as “a person of profound empathy and compassion.”