Alabama Woman Leaves $150 Million to Local Charities

Lucille Beeson, an Alabama lawyer and philanthropist, has left a $150 million bequest to thirteen Alabama charities and nonprofit organizations, the Associated Press reports.

Believed to be one of the largest individual bequests in recent philanthropic history, Beeson's gift will be held in a perpetual trust to be administered by AmSouth Bank.

"Her gift will have this huge ripple effect, and it's going to last forever," philanthropist Richard Scrushy told the Birmingham News.

Beeson, whose husband was a former executive with Liberty National Life Insurance, was 95 when she passed away in January. The couple had no children.

"Ala. Woman Leaves More Than $150 Million" Associated Press 05/13/2001.