Virginia Henry Curtiss Heckscher

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Virginia Henry Curtiss (1875 – July 11, 1941) was president of The Heckscher Foundation for Children and was a member of New York City's Child Welfare Board.[1]

Virginia Henry Curtiss Heckscher
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Heckscher in 1932
Virginia Henry

DiedJuly 11, 1941(1941-07-11) (aged 66)
Known forPhilanthropist
Spouse(s)Edwin Burr Curtiss
m. 1930⁠–⁠1940)


She was born in 1875 in Vienna and educated in England.[1] She married Edwin Burr Curtiss, of A. G. Spalding Bros. After his death she married August Heckscher on July 2, 1930 at Croton-on-Hudson, New York.[2][3] August Heckscher died on April 26, 1941 and left his widow $10,000 and all his real estate.[4] She died on July 11, 1941.[1] No legatee could be found that was named in her will and the probate court declared an earlier copy of the will as valid.[5] Part of her art collection was donated to an armed forces art program.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Mrs. A. Heckscher, Philanthropist, 66. Widow of Real Estate Man Dies in Penthouse Home in Office Building". New York Times. July 11, 1941.
  2. ^ "August Heckscher Dies In Sleep At 92. Philanthropist, Real Estate and Steel Operator Was in Florida Home. Philanthropist Dead August Heckscher Dies In Sleep At 92". New York Times. April 27, 1941. Retrieved 2009-11-28. August Heckscher, real estate and steel operator, banker and philanthropist, died at his Winter home at Mountain Lake, near here, at 2:40 P. M. today. Death came suddenly in his sleep. He was 92 years old. ... In July of 1930, at the age of 81, he married Mrs. Virginia Henry Curtiss, ...
  3. ^ "Heckscher, 81, Weds Mrs. V. H. Curtiss, 55. Philanthropist Quietly Married to Widow of E. B. Curtiss at Croton Last Wednesday. Bride, a Close Friend of His First Wife, Has Been Associated With Him in Child Welfare Work. Wed in Parsonage. Born in Hamburg in 1848". New York Times. July 8, 1930. Retrieved 2009-11-25. August Heckscher, millionaire real estate operator and philanthropist, and Mrs. Virginia Henry Curtiss of New York and Greenwich, Conn., were married last Wednesday in Croton-on-Hudson, but their marriage did not become known to any but their closest friends until ...
  4. ^ "Heckscher Estate Is Left To Family; Widow Gets Realty, $10,000. Half Interest in Residue Shared With Son. No Gifts Go To Charity. Philanthropist Explains These Were Made During Life. Cash Bequests $28,000". New York Times. May 4, 1941. Retrieved 2009-11-28. Members of the family of August Heckscher, real estate operator and philanthropist, will receive the greater part of his estate, it became known yesterday when his will was filed in Surrogate's Court. Mr. Heckscher, who was 92 years old, died on April 26 at Mountain Lake, Fla.
  5. ^ "No Heckscher Kin Found. Executor Seeks Earlier Will to Dispose of Estate Residue". New York Times. July 19, 1941. Retrieved 2009-11-28. When the will of Mrs. Virginia Henry Curtiss Heckscher, widow of August Heckscher, the philanthropist, was filed for probate in Surrogate's Court yesterday, ...
  6. ^ Linn, Thomas C. (January 18, 1942). "Program for Art Interests In Armed Forces Outlined; Citizens Committee Plans Exhibits, Decorations for Barracks, and Contests". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-11-28. The paintings are property of the estate of Virginia H. C. Heckscher (Mrs. August Heckscher) of this city, ...