Lotte Fields was a big fan of books and has left the New York Public Library six million dollars as part of her will. Ms. Fields died last summer, aged 89 and had married into a family of wealthy wool merchants.
“One of her great joys was spending the weekend reading with her husband,” said Irwin Cantor, Ms. Fields’s executor on Wednesday. “Her donation shows just how much Lotte loved books and how important she felt it was to support her fellow book lovers.”
Ms. Fields had made modest donations to the library in the past, but Tony Marx, the library’s president, said the library was “astounded” by the amount of her last bequest. “We are deeply honored to pick up her mantle and promote the joy of reading,” he added.