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Extraordinary Life: A School For Boys Became His Passion

Extraordinary Life: A School For Boys Became His Passion

After leaving a successful career in real estate, Jeff Digel, then about 50, was searching for a new challenge. A day spent building a house with Habitat for Humanity in Hartford indirectly led him to establish a small, independent school in Hartford that has launched dozens of boys on successful academic careers. As cheerleader, fundraiser and first chairman of the board, Digel was the backbone of Covenant Preparatory School from its beginning a decade ago.

“After the New York real estate mindset, he was hoping to do something to help others,” said his wife, Jane. “It became his passion.”

Jeffrey R. Digel, an intense, athletic, charismatic philanthropist, died Oct. 18 from...

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