Amount donated in 2013: Approximately $160-million
Beneficiary: Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University
Background: Ms. Block and her late husband, Harold Block, owned commercial real estate in New York.
Ms. Block, who was 95 when she died in 2010, left an estimated $160-million to Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University. She earmarked the gift for biomedical research.
Of the total donated, $20-million will endow 10 professorships. The remainder will be used for a variety of purposes, including establishing an institute for brain research and one for clinical and translational research and to pay for new buildings.
Ms. Block was involved with the medical college over the course of five decades and had been a longtime donor to the college. She served on the board of the medical school’s National Women’s Division and gave the medical school a building in 2003 that it sold for nearly $22-million. It used the proceeds to build the Harold and Muriel Block Research Pavilion.
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