Legal Secretary Quietly Amasses Fortune Before Her Death, Donates $6.24 Million
In its 125-year history, the Henry Street Settlement, a social service group on the Lower East Side of New York City, has never seen a single gift larger than what a 96-year-old legal secretary from Brooklyn recently donated — $6.24 million.
Close friends and relatives of Sylvia Bloom had no idea she had amassed a fortune over the 67 years she’d worked for the same law firm before retiring at the ripe old age of 96. She died shortly after in 2016.
“She was a secretary in an era when they ran their boss’s lives, including their personal investments,” said her niece, Jane Lockshin. “So when the boss would buy a stock, she would make the purchase for him, and then buy the same stock for herself, but in a smaller amount because she was on a secretary’s salary.”