D.C. Man Leaves $28 Million to Local Charity

Richard A. Herman died in November at age 100

By Brett Zongker
|  Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013  |  Updated 6:36 AM EDT
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D.C. Man Leaves $28 Million to Local Charity

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A local philanthropist has left $28 million to one of the oldest social service charities in the District.

Family Matters of Greater Washington

is announcing the gift Wednesday from Richard A. Herman. The charity was previously known as Family and Child Services of Washington.

Herman died in November, a few months after his 100th birthday. He was a Washington, D.C. native who trained as an architect and inherited wealth from his father, who was chief engineer of Southern Railway, now Norfolk Southern Corp.

Family Matters was founded in 1882 and provides a range of services, including mental health counseling and child welfare. The charity says Herman began donating $25 a year in 1967, increasing his giving over time.

Herman has also donated to the Kennedy Center and other arts groups.

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