Connie Silver
On a crisp morning, Connie Silver lingers in the lobby of New York University’s Silver School of Social Work, scanning a painting of herself with husband Martin hung over the mantle of the room’s imposing fireplace.
“That’s when I was a redhead,” the 72-year-old recalls, running her fingers through her now-ashen pixie cut.
The couple, together 55 years and counting, donated $50 million to the institution in 2007 — the largest private gift to a school of social work in the U.S. to date, according to the university. Hence the portrait’s placement and the school’s name. Yet in a town with no shortage of conspicuous philanthropy, the Silvers maintain a relatively low profile. Martin Silver made his fortune as a founder of the company that would later become plasma collection firm DCI Biologicals. His wife has quietly taught at the school for more than 20 years, since it was still going simply as the School of Social Work. In fact, when Silver was offered a lofty top-floor office overlooking the park, she opted for a small nook in the basement comparable in size to most standard cubicles.
“Well, that’s where all the students are, their lounge is down here,” Silver explains. “I wanted to be near the kids.”  For More

Connie Silver

On a crisp morning, Connie Silver lingers in the lobby of New York University’s Silver School of Social Work, scanning a painting of herself with husband Martin hung over the mantle of the room’s imposing fireplace.

“That’s when I was a redhead,” the 72-year-old recalls, running her fingers through her now-ashen pixie cut.

The couple, together 55 years and counting, donated $50 million to the institution in 2007 — the largest private gift to a school of social work in the U.S. to date, according to the university. Hence the portrait’s placement and the school’s name. Yet in a town with no shortage of conspicuous philanthropy, the Silvers maintain a relatively low profile. Martin Silver made his fortune as a founder of the company that would later become plasma collection firm DCI Biologicals. His wife has quietly taught at the school for more than 20 years, since it was still going simply as the School of Social Work. In fact, when Silver was offered a lofty top-floor office overlooking the park, she opted for a small nook in the basement comparable in size to most standard cubicles.

“Well, that’s where all the students are, their lounge is down here,” Silver explains. “I wanted to be near the kids.”  For More

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