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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, December 31, 2018

Social Worker Leaves $11 Million to Charities

Charity2Alan Naiman, a social worker residing in Seattle, Washington, passed away in January from cancer at the age of 63. He was known to be frugal, wearing shoes out to the point of having to fix them with duct tape and seeking out deals at delis near closing time. His friends and co-workers were shocked to find out that the man, earning $67,000 a year at the Children's Administrative Child Protective Services, left a whopping $11 million to charities benefiting poor and sick children. He had worked there for 20 years, previously employed as a banker.

Naiman was a bachelor with no children but had an intense love for them. He also was devoted to his older brother who had a developmental disability that passed away in 2013.  A friend from his banking days said that Naiman was accomplished at investing and had also inherited quite a bit from his parents. 

Included in those investments, he left $2.5 million to Pediatric Interim Care Center, an organization that cares for babies born to addicted mothers and works at breaking the infants' dependence. The non-profit used the sizable donation to pay off a mortgage and to purchase a much needed vehicle.

See Seattle Social Worker Leaves Surprise $11 Million to Kid's Charities, Daily Mail, December 28, 2018.

Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.


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