Samuel Silberman Gives $4,000,000 Gift for N.Y. Social Work School

Samuel J. Silberman, a New York-born Jewish philanthropist, gave the City of New York yesterday a gift of $4, 000, 000 for an expanded School of Social Work for Hunter College, one of the city’s colleges.

Mr. Silberman, board chairman of Consolidated Cigar Corporation, announced the gift at a ceremony at New York City Hall, at which Mayor Wagner and leading welfare officials were present. The money will provide six floors in a new building in Manhattan for the expanded school and income from the rest of the building will be used for other social work needs of the city.

The expanded school will have a tripled enrollment, to 300 students in five years, a doctoral program and facilities for other new social welfare projects, Mr. Silberman stressed the need for more well-trained social workers in the city. He said he hoped particularly to help minority group members to enter the field of social welfare as specialists.

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