SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – A Shrub Oak resident and longtime library user who died in April 2013 donated a large portion of her estate to the John C. Hart Memorial Library, said Library Director Patricia Hallinan.
According to Hallinan, Alice Maram left $390,954 for the library, which was notified of the windfall nearly a year after her death. Legal issues tied up the release of the money, which has now been added to the library’s Trustees Gift Fund. The funds will be put to use over the next few years to implement planned renovations of the library building.
“It had been our hope that the money would help meet the cost of updating the library bathrooms and making them completely handicapped accessible,” Hallinan said. “It is now clear that not only will this gift allow the library board to complete that project without drawing on Yorktown tax dollars but will also enable us to proceed with plans for an adult room renovation.”
Not much is known of Maram, who Hallinan described as a private person. According to a brief obituary published in The New York Times, Maram died April 15, 2013, at Fieldhome in Cortlandt Manor.
Maram and her sister, Cora Sanders, grew up in the Bronx and summered in Shrub Oak Colony in a house built by their father, Sal Maram, who was born in Russia. Cora and her husband eventually made the Shrub Oak house their year-round home, with Alice joining them on weekends and during vacations. She became a permanent resident after her retirement.
Maram was a teacher, an art collector and a naturalist. She hiked and canoed in the Adirondacks and was an active member of the Nature Conservancy. Her estate was divided among organizations and institutions that were important to her in in life: Amnesty International, the Nature Conservancy, Planned Parenthood, Compassion and Choices, the New York Public Library and the John C. Hart Memorial Library.
“The Library Board of Trustees will ensure that her gift to the library will provide a lasting benefit to library users in the town of Yorktown,” Hallinan said.