Bernard Spitzer, a prominent New York City property magnate and contributor to educational and cultural causes, died Saturday at his Manhattan home at the age of 90, The New York Times writes. Mr. Spitzer had Parkinson's disease, according to his son, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
The son of Austrian immigrants, the elder Mr. Spitzer founded Spitzer Engineering, a real-estate development and management company known for numerous major residential and commercial projects, and amassed a fortune estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Through his family foundation, he made major gifts to the City College of New York, where he earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, and the American Museum of Natural History. He was also a financial supporter of his son's political campaigns.