New Helen Rose Himmel Bequest To Assist J.D. Students in Need

From the Summer 2009 issue of Nexus.

Helen Rose Himmel watched the great depression destroy her sister Frances's dreams of a legal education. More than three-quarters of a century later, a bequest from Himmel's estate honours her sister's memory by creating a bursary for aspiring law students with financial need.

Aunt Frances would have been extremely pleased with "Aunt Helen's bequest," says Arnold Somers, a Toronto-based lawyer and executor of Himmel's estate. "When Aunt Frances passed away, she left the bulk of her estate to Aunt Helen. It was only fitting that when my Aunt Helen passed away last year it should be put towards something dear to her sister's heart." Although Frances didn't realize her dreams of becoming a lawyer, she taught high school in Montreal and then pursued a diplomatic career. Himmel became an admired nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital, participating in the training of many physicians. Recalls her nephew: "She was always a big believer in education."

The Helen Rose Himmel Bursary will support one J.D. student each year, starting in September 2009.