Janet Wright Charlton O’Connor Family

Janet O’Connor’s great-grandson Joshua has autism.

Through the years, Mrs. O’Connor, her stepdaughter Julia Charlton, and her grandson Gideon Gray – Joshua’s father – watched as Joshua made significant progress as a result of the instruction, support, and guidance provided by May staff and teachers. Now 22, Joshua continues to receive services from May through out Adult Services division.

In her will, Mrs. O’Connor made a bequest of nearly $900,000 to May Institute, the largest gift of its kind we have ever received.

This generous gift enabled us to establish the Janet Wright Charlton O’Connor Endowment Fund to support educational and adult services as well as our National Autism Center.

“I have the deepest admiration for the work done by the staff and teachers at May Institute,” said Julia Charlton. “I hope that in the future May can continue doing what it’s been doing and do more of it.”




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