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Former Professor Donates $1 Billion to Albert Einstein College to Cover All Future Med School Tuition

HeadlineFeb 27, 2024

Back here in New York, a former professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx has donated $1 billion to cover tuition payments of all students for the foreseeable future. Ruth Gottesman’s donation is one of the largest ever made to an educational institution in the U.S. The 93-year-old, who studied learning disabilities and created an adult literacy program, was married to a Wall Street financier, who left her the money when he died in 2022. She made the announcement to a crowd of students who erupted in cheers. Dr. Oni Blackstock, physician and founder of Health Justice, said on social media, “Hoping there is positive impact on the health of Bronxites, home to the poorest congressional district in the US. … I also hope this helps to recruit more Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students, groups that are woefully underrepresented in medicine and that do not have same level of generational wealth as their white counterparts.” Gottesman insisted a condition of the gift was the school does not use her name, telling The New York Times, “We’ve got the gosh darn name — we’ve got Albert Einstein.”

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