Henrietta Blaustein

Through her generosity, Henrietta Blaustein created and sustained a foundation, a hospital’s maternity center, and dozens of other charitable initiatives and organizations. She married Louis Blaustein in 1891, a year before he began working for Standard Oil as a lower-level employee. He was eventually promoted to an executive position and in 1910 left Standard Oil to form the American Oil Company. The Blausteins used their wealth to support both Jewish and secular causes, and after her husband’s death in 1937, Blaustein became chair of the Louis and Henrietta Blaustein Foundation. She funded the auditorium of Baltimore’s Oheb Shalom Congregation and the construction of an obstetrical building for Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. She was a member of the American Jewish Committee, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and the Baltimore Council of Jewish Women, and gave generously to the Baltimore Museum of Art. She continued to lead the Blaustein Foundation until her death at age ninety-four.


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With her husband, Louis, founder of American Oil company, Henrietta Gittelson Blaustein (1871-1965) was a generous donor to both Jewish and secular causes. Until her death at ninety-four, she led the Louis and Henrietta Blaustein Foundation which under her auspices gave what was then the largest donation ever to a Jewish organization: one million dollars to the Sinai Hospital at the Jewish Medical Center in Baltimore.

Institution: Blaustein Philanthropic Group.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Henrietta Blaustein." (Viewed on February 26, 2021) <https://jwa.org/people/blaustein-henrietta>.


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