Your April 15 news obituary on Henry Hillman (“Billionaire Financier Avoided Spotlight But Was One of the City’s Most Generous Benefactors”) captured the essence of a great man, whom I was privileged to meet on several occasions.
I have a minor quibble. The story states that Mr. Hillman’s father, Hart Hillman, built the Grant Building. Wikipedia lists my great-uncle, W.J. Strassburger, as the developer. I think both are only partly correct. According to family lore, Hart Hillman and W.J. Strassburger co-developed and owned the building.
My two aunts, W.J.’s nieces, little girls at the time, pulled the switch to light the beacon on the roof. The two men had a buy-sell agreement whereby the estate of the first to die would sell to the surviving partner. Unfortunately for me, W.J., a bachelor with no direct descendants, died first, and thus I am now merely a Grant Building tenant as opposed to a potential owner.
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