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Family Values

Family Values

As a young graduate of The College of Idaho in Caldwell, Bob Troxell wanted to attend law school but couldn't afford to go. Roy Harmon, a Caldwell businessman, learned of Troxell's desire to attend law school and generously offered to loan him the money. Troxell gratefully accepted the offer and was admitted to Boalt Hall, the prestigious law school at the University of California at Berkeley. He repaid Harmon's loan and never forgot his generosity. "The seed of helping others was planted," Troxell's daughter Ann Murdoch said.

After graduation he returned to Idaho to practice law in Caldwell. Later he became a founding partner of what would become one of Boise's most well-respected law firms, Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley. "He and my mother were very private people, and they quietly gave to many people and groups over the years," Murdoch said. In 1991 they established the Troxell Fund, Inc., a private family foundation.

After Bob's death in 1998, Barbara Troxell established the Robert I. and Barbara Troxell advised fund. She also established the Elinor Angelo Fund in 2000 in memory of her niece and the Troxell Greatest Need Fund in 2003. The Troxell Fund, Inc. established the Troxell Small Community Library field of interest fund in 2005 after Barbara and Ann visited a small library in Castleford, Idaho, where Barbara lived as a child. Barbara died in 2009 at age 100.

Murdoch said she recommends the Idaho Community Foundation to people who want to be involved in philanthropy because of her mother's positive experience with the Foundation. "Some people think you need millions of dollars, but it doesn't take a tremendous amount of money," she said. "You can make a difference in Idaho."


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