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Lucy Goldschmidt Moses

A lifelong New Yorker, Lucy Goldschmidt Moses used her wealth to improve the city she loved, from restoring Central Park’s iconic Bow Bridge to funding the city’s hospitals and medical schools. Moses spent her early years volunteering with children in settlement houses and caring for the sick at Montefiore Hospital’s main wards and epilepsy clinic. After her marriage to financier Henry Moses in 1914, she joined her husband’s philanthropic projects, funding Montefiore Hospital, Columbia University’s medical school, and the Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she established a cardiac center. In 1942 the couple created the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, supporting education, music, and the arts in New York, but also donating to medical care in Burma, South Korea, and Israel. After her husband’s death in 1961, Moses became director of the fund. She established the Henry L. Moses Research Institute at Montefiore Hospital and a study hall at Columbia University Law School in her husband’s memory, and supported Lincoln Center and other important cultural institutions throughout the city. She endowed a chair in modern Jewish history at Yale University and gave generously to Jewish causes including the United Jewish Appeal and the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies.

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Date of Birth
Place of Birth
New York, New York
Date of Death
August 2, 1990

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Lucy Goldschmidt Moses." (Viewed on December 15, 2018) <>.


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