January 20, 2022

Virginia: Lawyer Leaves Arlington Public Library $800,000 Donation

From The Washington Post:

A retired federal government attorney, who died June 24, left Arlington County Library nearly $800,000, which county officials believe to be the largest single gift it’s ever received.

Rosemarie G. Bowie, 76, who retired from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, was a frequent user of the county’s Central Library. In her will, she instructed that the proceeds from the sale of her north Arlington home and half her remaining estate be given to the library system, county officials said.


“I was just blown away by such generosity,” said Diane Kresh, the library director. “My staff is humbled that we had such an impact on her that she’d leave her estate to us. It’s a really special gift.”

See Also: Longtime Arlington Resident Leaves Nearly $800,000 to County Library System (via Arlington County, VA Newsroom)

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