…after last night’s GOP “debate”? Don’t blame you, but maybe there’s hope for the human race after all:
That threat was averted, after an unprecedented fund-raising effort by private foundations, donors and the state of Michigan. And now, in what might be described as a bit of unexpected municipal karma, the museum has announced that it is the benefactor of a $1.7 million bequest by the estate of a retired schoolteacher and museum volunteer, money that will be used to acquire contemporary painting and sculpture and to shore up the museum’s operating endowment.Back, however, to reality——
Elizabeth Verdow, who died in 2014 at 86 after spending her entire career teaching art in the Detroit public school system, worked as a volunteer at the museum for almost 20 years and was known to be devoted to the institution and its visitors. But museum officials said they had no idea just how devoted she was: virtually her entire estate, saved and invested carefully over years from a teacher’s salary (she never married and had no children) went to the museum.