The Traurig Family of Waterbury
What siblings learned as children led to a lifetime and a legacy of giving
For the children of William and Nettie Traurig, giving was an everyday occurrence. A coin box in their home was filled with change for charity, and people in need of help often joined them at the dinner table. It was a lesson that the seven siblings never forgot.
“Our mentors were Mother and Dad,” Rose Traurig once recalled. “They believed that there is something good in everyone. They gave us qualities to admire and strive for – good humor, charitableness, helpfulness, kindness, doing the best you can do – all of these things plus wanting equality for everyone. Mother and Dad also taught us that if you share with others, you’ll be a better, happier person.”
While they had long careers in law, business and education, the five Traurig siblings who remained in Waterbury – Gertrude, Rose, Max, Louis and Edward – were best known through the many institutions they supported. Facilities and scholarships at Naugatuck Valley Community College, Post University and Gaylord Hospital all bear the Traurig name. At the Foundation, Max served as president and four of the siblings established individual funds.
The family also started its own Traurig Foundation, which provided support to the community for over 40 years. The decision was made to terminate the family’s private foundation and move the funds to the Community Foundation.
Now, the Traurig Family Funds at Connecticut Community Foundation continue the legacy by benefiting Waterbury agencies and scholarships at universities the family members attended.