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January 14, 2016

Former Art Teacher and Volunteer Leaves Detroit Museum $1.7 Million

A former public-school art teacher and longtime museum volunteer left $1.7 million in her will to the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Free Press reports. 

Elizabeth Verdow died last year at the age of 86. She spent her career as an art teacher in the Detroit public-school system while also volunteering for 19 years in the gift shop of the Detroit Institute of Arts. She never married or had children. The museum is the sole beneficiary of her estate. 

The terms of the bequest require the museum to spend $1.2 million to purchase contemporary art and sculpture, and the balance is to go to the museum's endowment.